[gnu.g++.announce] FSF is raisng prices on tapes and some manuals

tower@AI.MIT.EDU (Leonard H. Tower Jr.) (01/31/91)

Through 1990, our price for tape distribution of an ordinary magnetic
tape was $150.  That price was unchanged since the FSF was founded, in
1985.  Inflation since that time has made that price equivalent to
nearly $200 in today's dollars.  We avoided raising the price for so
long because any price change results in confusion, but at the
beginning of 1991, we decided to get it done once and for all.

A Sun cartridge now costs only $10 more than a reel-to-reel tape
because our quantity purchases have reduced the extra cost to us of
these cartridges.

The VMS tapes cost $195 just to be different.  Sometimes people order
tapes and don't say whether they want Unix or VMS.  Now we will be
able to tell by the price.

We've raised the prices on several manuals because we had very little
margin on them.  Other manuals that weren't squeezing us have
unchanged prices.  This increase has allowed us to offer the sort of
quantity discount for the Emacs manual that bookstores expect, which
may increase the availability of the manual.

Barring a return to severe inflation, our prices should now be stable
for years to come.

The old prices, in effect through January 1991, were:
$150 for a reel-to-reel magnetic tape (regardless of contents), $175
for a Sun cartridge, $15 for an Emacs user's manual, $60 for six Emacs
user's manuals.

I've appended a copy of the new Order Form.


Len Tower
for the Free Software Foundation

		 Free Software Foundation Order Form
    This order form is effective February 1, 1991 - July 1, 1991

Prices and contents are subject to change without notice.

Please allow six weeks for delivery (though it won't usually take that

All software and publications are distributed with permission to copy
and to redistribute.

TeX source for each manual is on the appropriate tape; the prices for
tapes do not include printed manuals.

All software and documentation from the Free Software Foundation is
provided on an "as is" basis, with no warranty of any kind.

Quantity  Price  Item

For Unix systems, on 1600 bpi 9-track tape in Unix tar format:

________ $200	GNU Emacs source code and other software.
		The tape includes:
		* GNU Emacs (the extensible, customizable, self-documenting
		  real-time display editor)
		* The GNU Emacs Lisp Reference Manual, as Texinfo source.
		* MIT Scheme (a dialect of Lisp)
		* T, Yale's implementation of Scheme
		* Bison (a free, compatible replacement for yacc)
		* Nethack (a rogue-like game)
		* GNU Chess (a chess playing program with an interface to X)
		* texi2roff (for printing Texinfo source with [nt]roff)
		* Data Compression Software (to uncompress source on the tape).

________ $200	GNU Compiler source code and related software,
		for Unix systems.  The tape includes:
		* GCC (the GNU C Compiler, including COFF support)
		* Bison (a free, compatible replacement for yacc)
		* G++ (the C++ front end to GCC)
		* lib-g++ (the G++ class library)
		* NIH Class Library (formerly known as OOPS)
		* Gas (the GNU Assembler)
		* GNU object file utilities (ar, ld, make, gprof, size, nm,
		  strip, ranlib, et al.)
		* COFF support for GNU software tools 
		* GDB (The GNU source-level C debugger)
		* GNU make
		* Bash (GNUs' Bourne Again SHell)
		* Gawk (the GNU implementation of the AWK programming language)
		* Flex (Vern Paxson fast rewrite of lex)
		* GNU tar
		* the freed files from the 4.3BSD-Tahoe distribution
		* RCS (Revision Control System)
		* CVS (Concurrent Control System)
		* GNU diff and grep
		* Ghostscript (a Postscript interpreter)
		* Gnuplot (an interactive mathematical plotting program)
		* Perl (version 3.0; a programming language interpreter)
		* f2c  (a FORTRAN to C translator)
		* other GNU utilities (file utilities, indent, c-perf, et al.)
		* GNU GO (the GNU implementation of the game of GO)
		* texi2roff (for printing Texinfo source with [nt]roff)
		* Data Compression Software (to uncompress source on the tape).

________ $200	Required MIT X Window System X11R4, core software and
		documentation, and contributed client software.

________ $200   Optional MIT X Window System X11R4, contributed software
		including libraries, games, Andrew and toolkits.

For Suns and other Unix Systems, on QIC-24 DC300XLP 1/4 inch cartridge
tape, Unix tar format:

________ $210   GNU Emacs and other software, as above.

________ $210	GNU compiler tape, as above.

________ $210	Required MIT X Window System X11R4, as above.

________ $210   Optional MIT X Window System X11R4, as above.

For IBM RS/6000 Systems, on QIC-24 DC600A 1/4 inch cartridge

________ $215   GNU Emacs and other software, as above.
		plus executable files of Emacs.

For VMS systems, on 1600 bpi reel-to-reel 9-track tape in VMS BACKUP

________ $195	GNU Emacs source code and binaries.

________ $195	GNU C compiler source code and binaries.
		Includes Bison and GAS.

GNU Emacs manual, ~300 pages, phototypeset, offset printed, spiral
bound, with a reference card.

________  $20	GNU Emacs manual, unit price for 1 to 5 copies.

________  $13	Emacs manuals, unit price for 6 or more.

GNU Emacs Lisp Reference Manual, ~550 pages, spiral bound.

________  $50   A single GNU Emacs Lisp Reference Manual.

________ $200   Box of 5 GNU Emacs Lisp Reference Manuals.

The following documentation:

________   $1	One GNU Emacs reference card, without the manual.

________   $5   Packet of ten GNU Emacs reference cards.

________  $10   GDB Manual, ~70 pages, side stapled.

________  $15	Texinfo Manual, ~200 pages, side stapled.  Texinfo is GNU's
		structured documentation system, included with GNU Emacs.
		Texinfo is used to produce both on-line and printed documents.
		This manual describes how to write Texinfo documents.

________  $10   Termcap Manual, ~60 pages, side stapled.  Documents the
		termcap library and GNU's extensions to it.  The GNU termcap
		library is included with GNU Emacs.

________  $10   Bison Manual, ~90 pages, side stapled.

________  $15   Gawk Manual, ~150 pages, side stapled.

________  $15   Make Manual, ~120 pages, side stapled.

________  Sub Total

________   If ordering from Massachusetts: add 5% sales tax
		or give tax exempt number.

We pay for shipping via ground transportation in the 
   contiguous 48 states and Canada.

________   In Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico, for shipping:
		- For Emacs Lisp Reference manuals, add $5 each,
		  or $20 per box.  For all other items, add $5 base charge,
		  then $1 per item except Emacs reference cards.
	   If outside of U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, for shipping costs:
		- for tapes or unboxed manuals (not reference cards),
		  please add $15, and then add $15 more
		  for each tape or unboxed manual in the order:
________	  Shipping cost for tapes and unboxed manuals = $15 + $15 * n;
		- for each box of Emacs Lisp Reference manuals,
________	  please add $70.

________   Optional tax deductible donation.

________   Total paid

Orders are filled upon receipt of check or money order.  We do not have
the staff to handle the billing of unpaid orders.  Please help keep
our lives simple by including your payment with your order.

Please make checks payable to Free Software Foundation.  

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   Free Software Foundation, Inc.
   675 Massachusetts Avenue
   Cambridge, MA  02139, USA

   +1 617-876-3296

This Order Form is EFFECTIVE February 1, 1991 - July 1, 1991


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