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[News] Why Free Software on Free Platforms is the Real Way to Go

  • Subject: [News] Why Free Software on Free Platforms is the Real Way to Go
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 20:29:39 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Free on free > proprietary on free > free on proprietary > proprietary on proprietary

,----[ Quote ]
| Let's break it down. There are four combinations 
| of apps and OSes:
|   1. all proprietary applications on a proprietary 
|   OS (PoP)
|   2. (at least some) free applications on a 
|   proprietary OS (FoP)
|   3. (at least some) proprietary applications on a 
|   free OS (PoF)
|   4. all free applications on a free OS (FoF)
| I think the order here is important as it 
| indicates the typical migration process from all 
| proprietary to all free. A person typically starts 
| using Windows with all proprietary apps. They 
| learn of some great free alternatives and start 
| using them. They then try out GNU/Linux but still 
| want a few proprietary apps or codecs. And, 
| sometimes, they eventually move to an all free 
| system. 



LAC Now Shipping gNewSense 2.0 Systems (1 May 2008)

,----[ Quote ]
| gNewSense DeltaH was released today, and we are pleased to offer
| preconfigured Workstations, Portable Systems, ThinkCentres, Laptops, and
| Servers, as well as fully customized Core 2 Duo, Athlon 64, Xeon, and Opteron
| computers, preinstalled with the latest gNewSense GNU/Linux operating system.
| gNewSense is a GNU/Linux distribution that is listed as free by the GNU
| Project.


Ultra-free gNewSense 2.0 beta released

,----[ Quote ]
| Brian Brazil and the team behind the ultra-free gNewSense Linux distribution
| have released a beta of the forthcoming 2.0 (or Deltah) series. gNewSense is
| based on Ubuntu but strips the distribution of non-free components to provide
| users with a truly free operating system. gNewSense is backed by the Free
| Software Foundation.


gNewSense 2.0 [Screenshots]

,----[ Quote ]
| Less than a week after the release of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS "Hardy Heron", the Free
| Software Foundation has gone ahead and released version 2.0 (named DeltaH) of
| gNewSense. For those not familiar with gNewSense, this is one of the few
| distributions certified by the Free Software Foundation as being a truly free
| Linux distribution. gNewSense 2.0 is essentially Ubuntu 8.04 LTS but with a
| few modifications to make it more free by removing some binary-only
| components. New in gNewSense 2.0 is also new artwork, switching the default
| web browser from Mozilla Firefox to Epiphany, Blag's deblob script in the
| kernel, and non-free GLX being removed from X.Org/Mesa. Here are a few
| screenshots from this latest release.



The Importance of the 'Completely Libre' Distributions

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| What's more, I recently migrated a local user to gNewSense from
| his improperly-licensed, virus-ridden Windows XP system. I am due to follow
| up with him soon, so we'll see how his GNU/Linux eXPerience is going.
| Frankly, I'm pretty sure he'll agree that gNewSense is a great demonstration
| of the power of software freedom.

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