Posted Sep 23, 2007 18:33 UTC (Sun) by man_ls
In reply to: gNewSense
Parent article: MadWifi developers move to ath5k
I would not care too much about gNewSense.
Well, I think we need people to publish a completely free distro like gNewSense, just as we need Stallman to keep a non-negotiable stance about freedom. And I would say, the larger the number of free distributions, the larger the benefit for us all (even for those who don't use them).
A free distribution makes users aware of the problems with implementations of public standards, patented algorithms, closed hardware, programs protected by lame secrets and other similar weird stuff. When using proprietary systems, those same users are not aware of any of that; when their freeware CD recording software says they cannot do an operation unless they purchase the full version, those people think it is just a problem of investing money. When using free distributions with proprietary bits, those problems are similarly swept under the carpet.
Yes, it is sometimes a pain in the groins to use them, but free distributions make us aware of how bad the state of some things really is.
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