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[News] Maddog Meets a Proprietary Operating System

  • Subject: [News] Maddog Meets a Proprietary Operating System
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:47:26 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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| maddog troubleshoots a broken Windows system and saves his niece
| some money in the process.
| My niece was having problems with her system, 
| which because of her work must run Microsoft, 
| and she decided to take it to a repair depot 
| to have the hardware checked to see if 
| anything was wrong. Nothing wrong could be 
| found by running hardware diagnostics. 



Mr. Obama, Please Tear Down This Wall!

,----[ Quote ]
| Only three days after posting my blog
| regarding the plight of Google's Chinese
| customers and how their data is now at the
| whims of a US-based company and its
| conflict with the Chinese government, I
| read about the issues of SourceForge.net
| and the U.S. State Department's Export
| lists and how the data stored in a US-based
| company, sometimes created by non-U.S.
| based citizens, is now being controlled by
| U.S. State Department rules.
| [...]
| Is the argument being made that the
| populace of those countries will throw off
| their governments because it is hard for
| them to get access to Free Software? I
| suggest that it will simply be a matter of
| time before some entity will re-create a
| "SourceForge" in a more Free-Minded
| country, and yet another agency of Free
| Thought will be carried and championed
| outside of the United States.


Penguin Awareness

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| Also important for graphics art re-use is
| that the license for the use of the
| original image of Tux is very liberal,
| with Larry Ewing, the copyright holder,
| giving people permission to use the image
| as long as the user acknowledges him as
| the author and the GIMP as the creator of
| the image "if someone asks". The last
| phrase is probably enough to give most
| lawyers shivers, but it has allowed Tux to
| show up in the original unmodified form in
| areas as diverse as Plumbing supply
| trucks, air-conditioning repair services,
| lottery tickets and fireworks.
| Of course Wikipedia has an extensive
| listing on Tux, so I will not go into all
| of the history behind him, but I do want
| to pass on one story:
| When Tux made his first appearance in 1996
| I was at a trade show, and a friend of
| mine who ran a Linux business selling
| distributions, T-shirts, and other Linux
| "things" came up to me and declared his
| disgust with the choice. I asked him why
| he did not like it, and he said that Tux
| was "fat and silly looking" and that we
| should have had as a mascot a tiger or
| shark, something with teeth and fangs to
| rip Microsoft apart.

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