pay us for freeWith word that Best Buy has
started selling free software
, TechCult has decided to get in on the action. For a limited time only, you can now get your very own useless TechCult subscription — for the unbelievably low price of $24.99!

Here’s the backstory, in case you missed it: Ubuntu, the Linux operating system readily available on the web, is now being sold
for 20 bucks at Best Buy
. And yes, it’s the same software you can download or even order on CD without spending a dime. As Ubuntu’s web site proudly proclaims:

“Ubuntu is and always will be free of charge. You do not pay any licensing fees. You can download, use and share Ubuntu with your friends, family, school or business for absolutely nothing.”

Apparently, Best Buy didn’t get the memo. The store does point out that its version comes with a startup guide and 60 days of support. Of course, Ubuntu’s web site also has full documentation and community support — without the charge.

Anyhow, back to the important stuff: This kind of business arrangement strikes us as a good idea, so we thought we’d follow the model and try to get people to pay for what’s already free here, too. You won’t get access to anything extra, but subscribe now and we’ll throw in a low-quality printable blue ribbon to sweeten the deal.

We’ve sent a proposal over to Best Buy to get our totally unnecessary subscription carried there as well, so stay tuned. In the meantime, please send all payments directly to me. Tips accepted. Pumpkin muffins also considered.

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