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gNewSense makes sense

gNewSense makes sense

Posted Feb 3, 2007 20:05 UTC (Sat) by filipjoelsson (guest, #2622)
In reply to: gNewSense makes sense by jstAusr
Parent article: gNewSense makes sense

If my assumptions regarding firmware are correct, gNewSense seems like a good distribution choice.

"If" is the operative word here. You have made a host of assumptions about firmware and gNewSense that you have not explained:

  • Will gNewSense work with the hardware in question? No.
  • Would a user without the hardware in question be owned by the hardware manufacturer who distributes the firmware? No.

So the point of the exercise is which of these?

  • To render your hardware useless?
  • To force users to code open firmware without documentation?
  • To force users to boycott hardware vendors who distribute only closed firmware?

Neither of these has anything to do with Debian vs gNewSense. This is a question of checking your hardware's support for Linux before buying it, and gNewSense is not helping in any relevant way. A hardware blacklist might help for that - but in the shape of a distro? How is that "the right tool for the right job" or "keep it simple, stupid"?

The question begs to be answered.


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