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[News] GNU/Linux Desktop Dependent on Realisation of Freedom

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Desktop Dependent on Realisation of Freedom
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 05:28:27 +0000
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The Importance of Fitting In

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| Free software has come this far by just being 
| itself. We use it because we like it. Should 
| we be focusing more on integrating with 
| Windows in order to increase market share, or 
| should we just let nature take its course and 
| those who want to switch will? In the end, a 
| majority will âsee the light.â
| [...]
| Perhaps itâs time we took a page out of 
| Microsoftâs book and started to âembrace, 
| extend and extinguishâ proprietary data 
| formats and software. Integrate ourselves 
| with them, and once we have the power, break 
| them. Aside from the fact that this approach 
| is horrible, nasty and completely unethical, 
| the danger is whether in the end we would 
| actually switch to totally free solutions, or 
| continue to use those old familiar encumbered 
| ones. We might have the market share, but 
| then weâd have a whole new battle on our 
| hands.
| One thing is certain, however. Integration 
| with existing systems has helped to rocket 
| the popularity of Linux and make it much more 
| attractive to business, education, government 
| and even end users. If youâre a developer of 
| free software, keep doing what youâre doing. 
| Make great products and the users will come. 
| Consider integrating with existing systems to 
| make your software more attractive, but just 
| donât lose yourself along the way. 


What Does It Take to Be a Linux Guru?

,----[ Quote ]
| What are the criteria for being a "Linux 
| guru?" Is the breadth of your skills, the 
| depth of your knowledge, or the the size of 
| your collection of early kernel 1.x CDs? It's 
| a question on the tongues of many Linux 
| bloggers this week, and everyone seems to 
| have their own list of attributes. One common 
| theme: the ability to help out others. Also, 
| it's probably best not to call yourself a 
| guru, even if you think you are one.



Why Free Software matters for Society (draft)

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| Free Software is defined by four freedoms,
| and intends to create ethical relationships
| in the digital age of society, based on
| trust, responsibility and freedom.
| In a world where we rely increasingly upon
| Information Technologies such as software
| and networks, it is important to realize
| software is more than code. The effects of
| programs go beyond the limited scope of
| developers, and contribute to shape our
| future.
| The Free Software movement aims at making
| this future possible for everyone by
| ensuring fundamental principles of freedom
| for all, equally.

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