You know, I've been using open source software for some time now and occasionally I forget all that I walked away from when I left the closed source world. In addition to the power, freedom, flexibility, I've grown used to in the world of Open Source Software I sometimes forget one other benefit FOSS comes with... I was walking through the store with my girlfriend the other day when I came across something on the shelf I just had to take a picture of with my N900:
and before I finished laughing I noticed on the shelf below it:
I sometimes forget in addition to Windows itself being costly, most people get conned into spending further money on "protection" software.
While open source software is not free, it is very much free of monetary cost. I just have to step back and remember to count my lucky charms at the end of the day that so many devoted developers are committed to the world of Open Source software. It has easily saved me thousands of dollars in closed source software across the piles of computers I have laying around my house.
I'd just like to say thank you to all the developers out there that spend their time hacking away at code for everyone to use and share. Many are grateful for your time and dedication.