I mean, as soon as I enter on the website, it asks me to pay before the downloading. So, is the system really free? Especially for use in a commercial environment?


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Although not clearly stated anywhere, elementary OS is free to use in a commercial environment. Tell your legal department it's free to use because it's not explicitly forbidden (on the legal principle that if something is not forbidden, it's permitted).


You can fill in 0,-, that way you could download it for free (gratis).

Related to this, free software isn't always without costs (gratis). Free usually revers to freedom. More on this: https://opensource.com/resources/what-open-source

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  • I see, at least I now know how to download. Thanks! Commented Feb 9, 2018 at 9:20

As far as I can see, most people confuse that free as in not paying for a beer and drinking it. But the truth is that someone has to pay for it, if not a friend, yourself or the owner someone most. The software is free as in freedom to see what is inside and to own it ( not counting the trademarks and logos).

Like the user above said, put a $0 and download the software, if you cannot afford to pay for it. But the truth is, that everyone can afford at least a dollar.

I am getting use to paying for Apps that I like in the store. At least a dollar or two. Again, if you are a student from elementary or high school and cannot afford an ATM card, yeah this is made for you. Enjoy, if not, give them a buck or two.

PS, I don't work for the team nor do I benefit from your purchase on any shape or form. I just believe that fair is fair

  • Well, I'd like to agree, but right now I care more about practical aspect. How legal it's. Anyway, thanks for the answer. Commented Feb 9, 2018 at 9:19

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