How do you put a value on my desktop system, which is running Ubuntu Studio and gives me, at no cost other than the download, the equivalent of $10,000 of software for audio, image, and video production, as well as all the office machinery?
You stop lying. Your machine is running a bunch of knock off software thats no where near as good as the 10,000 software your comparing it to, thats why people still pay $10k for the other software. If your Linux knock off software was ACTUALLY 'professional' grade, the professionals would USE IT, not some guy who says 'I don't know anything about music but I have this awesome professional music editing software'.
Seriously, do you not realize how ridiculous you guys sound when you fanboy like this ... you just told me how you have software thats as good as someone else's but you have no fucking clue how to use it ... how the fuck do you have any idea how GREAT it is?
You aren't a professional, and you don't know why the software you have isn't worth $10k and the other software is, and worse still is that you don't even know that you don't know it.
You were never in the market for Maya or Adobe products, you aren't a professional who needs them, thats why you think your free Linux software compares.
Nobody selling commercial software was going to see a penny from your pockets anyway. Its no loss. You guys throw that line out like anyone thinks you were ever going to buy it anyway. You guys lie to yourselves till you believe it.
Stop trying to pretend that your ubuntu box is the same as an actual professionals machine. Its not. It never will be, and the fact that you don't understand why it isn't is why you'll never be a professional to have the opinion in the first place.
To you, 'almost good enough' is great, and thats why you and Linux users will always be 'also rans' and 'has beens'. You're always chasing the better product. The commercial product.
Android is a shining example of someone else doing the work, and everyone else just making shitty copies. Hence why you might find more android devices than iOS, but iOS is still where the money is.
Your in a race with yourself to the bottom of the barrel, you just haven't figured it out yet.