I believe, and you can tell me if I am wrong, that most of the Unix varieties don't require an update fee. I do some Sun work, and they don't. But Red Hat and Mandrake Linux charge to keep installs up to date. SuSE doesn't -- at least, they have not required me to do anyting for my several installs of 8.2. SCO didn't when I installed OpenLinux, but with their new policies one never knows.
Yes, it is a shame that some of the Linux distros are not interested in providing good working and safe-to-use installs, but they're only out for the bucks. What is a shame is that they will let you manually update, which costs them more wear and tear on their servers than giving it away would. Go figure.
My question: Are you aware of any other free updates for either Mandrake Linux or Gentoo Linux?
Thanks for your time.
Try to download what you need and promise to be a good boy and join later. If you still can't get what you need here, try this URL for other free Mandrake updates: http://www.frozen-bubble.org/index.php?menu_item=1.
Regarding Gentoo, you can get the software free from their Website: http://www.gentoo.org/main/en/where.xml. Updates and patches are driven by their portage process. I haven't worked with this version yet, but here is a link that should help you get started: http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/portage-manual.xml.
This was first published in May 2003