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[News] Jon "Maddog" Hall Explains Why GNU/Linux Needs No Launch Parties

  • Subject: [News] Jon "Maddog" Hall Explains Why GNU/Linux Needs No Launch Parties
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2009 22:18:03 +0100
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This takes the cake (and make mine chocolate!)

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| I heard recently, and could not really believe it until 
| I saw it, that Microsoft was encouraging people to throw 
| "Tupperware(R) parties" at their homes in order to 
| launch the new version of Microsoft's products.
| [...]
| Linux can't do that, since anyone that anxious to get a 
| fresh distribution of Linux just pulls it down off the 
| Internet. This also allows the Linux user to get their 
| beauty sleep instead of standing in line outside some 
| store for hours.



Winners of maddogs Colombian Multimedia Challenge

,----[ Quote ]
| The fact that the contestants learned about the use of Free Software
| multimedia tools, Creative Commons and understand media licensing more, made
| the effort of putting on the Challenge worthwhile.


What a long, strange trip it has been...and continues to be

,----[ Quote ]
| While a lot of people are still using closed source, proprietary software,
| the message of Free Software is becoming better understood by more people. I
| believe we are gaining the critical mass needed to provide good jobs for
| anyone writing and contributing to Free Software.
| On Tuesday, May 26th I leave for a conference in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
| There, as I have for a couple of conferences this year and will for a couple
| more conferences this year, I will be talking to young people (and
| not-so-young people) about both the past history and the future promise of
| Free Software.


Paw Prints: Writings of the maddog

,----[ Quote ]
| I was working for Digital Equipment Corporation when I first met Linus and
| facilitated the port of Linux onto the Alpha processor.
| During the port, a member of the community contacted me and asked if Digital
| would contribute their math library to the Linux project, since Digital's
| math library was a great deal faster than the one currently in use on the
| Alpha Linux port. I easily got Digital to contribute the Digital Unix math
| library in binary form, but they refused to make the library "open source"
| because of the investment that they had put into it.


When Linux fails

,----[ Quote ]
| Jon âMaddogâ Hallâs keynote talk at the Ontario Linux Fest also made this
| point in a very powerful way. Jon is a wonderfully entertaining speaker, and
| not afraid of controversy. Showing a picture of a child in the African bush
| holding a âOne Laptop per Childâ laptop he said, âI donât care about this
| kid.â The audience drew a shocked breath. âHeâs screwed,â continued
| Jon. âFive hundred miles of bush behind him, five hundred miles of bush in
| front of him. Thereâs nothing I can do to help hereâ. Jon flipped the slide
| to show a Brazilian âfavelaâ, or slum city, with an incredibly dense
| population, seeming to cling to the side of a nearby hill. He said, âThis is
| where I can help. These kids have electricity. They can get a network
| connection. I can do something with Open Source and Free Software hereâ.
| Jon isnât a callous person. Heâs just decided to focus his resources on
| somewhere he knows he can help today. Itâs hard to find fault with him for
| that.


Show me the Code

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| I was probably always subtly aware of the abilities of some free software
| programmers, so I should not continue to be amazed by what they can do. But I
| must admit they do continue to astonish me.



Open Source Software and Africa

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| As an advocate for free, open-source software, I have run into
| Microsoft's "battles" many times, and your article ("Microsoft Battles
| Low-Cost Rival for Africa," page one, Oct. 28) made visible many of the
| issues around money-poor African nations being wooed by a large, powerful
| monopoly.
| However, your article doesn't go into the deeper value of using FOSS in
| Africa. Because FOSS supplies the source code for the software used, end
| users have the choice of using the software as it exists on the Internet or
| changing the software to meet their needs. Getting security fixes for
| software running on older systems (a natural need when you make $3 a day),
| changing the software to support your native language (not everyone speaks
| English), getting ancient peripherals to work long after the vendor lost
| interest in them (usually less than a year after the product ships), and
| developing a software economy in their own economic terms (creating high-tech
| jobs inside of their countries, instead of sending the money out of their
| countries) are all things that should be considered in the argument of free
| versus closed-source software.
| The public should ask how a company like Microsoft can continue to justify to
| their shareholders creating needed changes to their software for people who
| can't pay for those changes? The answer is that they can't justify it. In the
| future they will have to either start charging for the software on which
| people are now dependent or abandon the effort.

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