Totally "free" Ubuntu? That's the plan for Gobuntu (Linux.com)
Posted Jul 14, 2007 19:31 UTC (Sat) by khim
In reply to: Totally "free" Ubuntu? That's the plan for Gobuntu (Linux.com)
Parent article: Totally "free" Ubuntu? That's the plan for Gobuntu (Linux.com)
I define it as allowing FOSS to benefit as many people as possible.
When exactly ? Today, tomorrow or 10 years from now ?
You can keep the political motivations.
Ah-ha. This means you don't care about long term (that's what "political motivations" are). This way was tried - and it was found that it does not work (remember Unix?)...
I disagree that a hardline fundamentalist approach will necessarily achieve the goal of maximizing the benefits of FOSS to the people of the world.
Nobody argues that "hardline fundamentalist approach" is always better. It's just that historically the guys who preached "hardline fundamentalist approach" usually fared better in long term then "pragmatists". The only exceptions I can recall are usage of Unix systems by RMS while GNU system was unusable for the development of GNU and usage of Unix for development of BSD (even if guys who did that were not aware that they are developing replacement for Unix). So I think it's Ok to use binary NVidia drivers if it's done by Nouveau developers, but I'm not convinced it's good to include them in general-purpose distribution...
And I'm still asking how letting the user make an *informed* decision about the software loaded on his own machine can possibly be considered *less* Free than arrogantly *forcing* an inferior, or nonworking system upon him "for his own good".
Who said user is "less free" in this case ? Of course user is "freer" in this case: not only can he use free software, he can also sell tomorrow's freedom for today's gain! Look how much it helped BSD...
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