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Re: [gNewSense-users] Glossy GNU ?

From: Mitch Wiedemann
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Glossy GNU ?
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 10:32:05 -0400
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Koh Choon Lin wrote:
>> Having a fully free official
>> Ubuntu variant will also mean there's more attention drawn to the ideals
>> of free software, and it'll probably be easier to find help for any
>> problems as there'll be more people using a completely free Ubuntu
>> variant. However, I still prefer using a distribution which has freedom
>> as it's main goal.
> If I read the announcement correctly, Canonical is following what
> Linspire had done - releasing two distribution, one non-free and one
> free. And looking at history, I guess more would download and use the
> former than the latter.

My conspiracy theory is this:

Ubuntu is under a lot of pressure (from freedom-oblivious users) to
release a much less free (more non-free drivers) distribution.  There
are some in the Ubuntu community who would like this not to happen.  For
them they are producing a token Free distro.  The net change, in my dim
view of the situation, will be that many more people are using non-free
software with Ubuntu.

I'll stick with gNewSense.

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