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Re: [News] Petition Set Up to Stop 'Proprietarisation' of Ubuntu Linux

__/ [ Geico Caveman ] on Saturday 23 December 2006 22:26 \__

> John A. Bailo wrote:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> No Blobs By Default Petition
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>> | We the undersigned petition you to reconsider your decision of
>>> | including binary drivers by default in the next Ubuntu release.
>>> | We believe, as you do, that it should be as easy as possible for
>>> | end users to enable extra functionality via closed software when
>>> | necessary and if they so wish, but only after an explicit
>>> | acknowledgement and only after being informed about the issues
>>> | at stake and possible alternatives.
>>> `----
>>> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/NoBlobsByDefaultPetition
>> So now will you make negative comments before every Ubuntu article you
>> post...just like with SUSE?

I didn't add my opinion. I did, however, sign the petition because, as I said
in a Digg comment, I think there should be an option in the installer
('crippled'/'uncrippled' installation). Linux could use binary blobs for
initial market share and worry about demands from manufacturers afterwards.
It's not ideal, but it's pragmatic. Don't let Ubuntu become a turnoff to
those who flocked from Debian... add an option. Those who don't mind would
use Automatix/EasyUbuntu anyway, so might as well give them what they crave
for 'out of the box'.

> No comparison between the two cases. There are respectable people who think
> that binary drivers ought to be included in Linux kernel. There are no
> respectable people who think that any Linux vendor should subvert GPL to
> help Microsoft.
> Go buy some more NOVL, Bailo. Some poor investor somewhere will bless you
> for it someday.

I concur as that I can't accept a technical/'religious' opinion from someone
whose money is tied to Novell. I try to tone it down, but it's hard.
Everyone who praises the deal gets paid for it or is tied to the finance
sector (money money money money!!!!). Just look at those who took "Microsoft
Linux support"... financial firms, one of which was an early investor in
SuSE, so what's/where's the surprise? And why do they buy Linux from
Microsoft anyway? Has Microsoft become a Linux shop? That which, I might as
well add, installs Linux as a virtual machine under the flaky and vulnerable
Windows 'kernel' (more of a monolithic blob with GUI glue, services and back

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