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Microsoft sets prices for Vista in the US
Posted by Amber Maitland
06 September 2006 - Microsoft has set pricing for the Windows Vista operating system for the US market, although UK and rest of the world pricing is not yet available.
The Redmond-based company also confirmed again its commitment to releasing the OS in January, after distributing it to business customers in November.
The upgrade price for those with older versions of Windows is set at between $100 to $259, depending on which version required. The most expensive will be the “ultimate” edition, designed for business users.
The standalone products will cost from $199 to $399.
The most popular consumer version of Vista is expected to be the Home Premium edition, which features in-built entertainment options, like support for HD TV and DVD editing and burning, and will cost $159 for the upgrade from older Win.................. "
on the other hand ...
06 September 2006 - Canonical has set pricing for the Ubuntu Linux 6.10 operating system for the all markets.
The Isle of Man-based company also confirmed again its commitment to releasing the OS in October to all users.
Ubuntu (with GNOME) will cost $0. The education-based Edubuntu will cost $0. Kubuntu (with KDE) will cost $0. Xubuntu (with Xfce) will cost $0. Ubuntu Server Edition will cost $0.
There will likely also be releases from several third-party varients such as nUbuntu, Ebuntu, and Ubuntu Christian Edition being released at around the same time. They are expected to be priced in line with the official Canonical versions.
The most popular consumer version of Ubuntu is expected to be the GNOME version, which features many in-built applications, like OpenOffice.org and Mozilla Firefox, and will cost $0 as was stated before.
Testing of version 6.10 is already underway and Canonical seem to have no shortage of user feedback; this feedback from users will ultimately determine if the system is ready for release in October.