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I notice on eBay vendors selling customized versions of Linux, such as one called Macbuntu, which is based on the ever-popular Ubuntu. This is perfectly legal, of course, since anyone can customize and sell their own distro of Linux.

But why would anyone buy something, when they can download it (or an approximation of it) for free?

asked Nov 21 '12 at 12:43

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closed Nov 25 '12 at 16:56

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The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by KevinLockergnome Nov 25 '12 at 16:56

No; I would not BUY such a release. Linux can be customized any way a user wants so why would I "buy" such a thing?

answered Nov 21 '12 at 20:31

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Not everyone has the time nor the inclination to learn how to make Mac OS X-like icons and their system behave in a Mac-like way. Most desktop distros try to mimic Windows more than Macs because they're trying to woo PC users to Linux; less distro devs pay attention to distros for Macs. (I'm lamenting the lack of attention given to Macs by Yellow Dog Linux now that Kai Staats has moved on.)

(Nov 23 '12 at 23:47) Harold Harold's gravatar image

I agree, why not just download/build it yourself?

answered Nov 21 '12 at 14:44

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edited Nov 21 '12 at 14:44


I've yet to purchase a distro of Linux, but I think I would if the distro was knock-your-socks-off awesome, customized for my device. I mean, though I haven't paid for a custom Android ROM yet, I feel that I should if some developer takes the time to make a great ROM for my device.

(Nov 21 '12 at 17:15) Harold Harold's gravatar image

No I wouldn't buy it for just that. If it worked perfectly though with no added hassle to install the OS THEN I would pay for it.

answered Nov 21 '12 at 16:29

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I've yet to find a Linux distro that worked perfectly on any system.

(Nov 21 '12 at 17:17) Harold Harold's gravatar image

^For me it's Ubuntu or Mint. They had every driver in it's live CD and it worked fine.

(Nov 21 '12 at 17:21) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

I wish i could find one that worked perfectly... Alas I havent found one either.

(Nov 25 '12 at 14:12) JordanV JordanV's gravatar image

For me, I would rather learn how to customize it to look like a Mac, but if I didn't have the time to learn that, then I would probably buy it for a small price. Because I know its not a Mac price, I will not pay the high price. Of course.

answered Nov 23 '12 at 23:53

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Curtis Coburn

I remember before unity came out for Ubuntu there was a theme already there for it. I have checked under untiy with the more recent version of Ubuntu and the extra add ons that were available with the distribution of ultimate edition of ubuntu 3.4 And it was not installed automatically. If there is a theme version of the OSX version. It is just a matter of downloaded it onto your version of Linux and just have it enabled if that is a case. I remember seeing it under the Ultimate edition 2.4 a long time ago and had it running on my thinkpad. My uncle was surprised when I had the theme running and told him it was linux with the theme looking like it was a Mac OS on there.

answered Nov 24 '12 at 14:58

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Buying a Linux distro kind of defeats the whole purpose of Linux, don't you think?

answered Nov 23 '12 at 23:00

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I don't think so. Why in the world would distros sell them (or at least try to sell them)? Plenty of Linux vendors have boxed their distros and sold them at big box stores like Best Buy and CompUSA in the past.

(Nov 23 '12 at 23:50) Harold Harold's gravatar image

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