Totally "free" Ubuntu? That's the plan for Gobuntu (Linux.com)
Posted Jul 15, 2007 20:48 UTC (Sun) by sbergman27
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)
It's only a straw man argument if I am attributing a position to others which they do not actually hold.
In the sense that while a nontechnical user, meaning most users, might get a modern distro installed, they are not up to locating and installing, say, NVidia's driver without help from the distro. Without that driver their machine is broken. 3D doesn't work at all. In that sense, I *do* believe that people are advocating that nontechnical users be manipulated into doing what certain parties want them to do, namely, accepting a broken machine rather than using a propretary driver, by taking advantage of the user's lack of technical finesse.
And yes, I agree that doing so is ethically problematic. That is why I don't like it.
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