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[News] Why GNU/Linux is Not Just Another Desktop Platform But a Freedom

  • Subject: [News] Why GNU/Linux is Not Just Another Desktop Platform But a Freedom
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:48:23 +0100
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Freedom and Informed Choice

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| Itâs an old debate among Linux enthusiasts, 
| but new to me. Not because I havenât heard 
| it before, but because I havenât really 
| experienced it until now. Thereâs a lot of 
| talk in the Linux and free open-source 
| software (FOSS) communities about freedom 
| and choice. Itâs practically a mantra for 
| many. Most of us non-geeky ordinary desktop 
| users are simply grateful to have an 
| alternative to Windows that doesnât require 
| a huge investment in new hardware and 
| expensive software licenses. To us ordinary 
| desktop users, âfreedomâ and âchoiceâ in 
| Linux and FOSS mean that we are no longer 
| stuck with unsatisfactory and expensive 
| Microsoft (or Apple, I suppose, as well) 
| products.
| But my âinner geekâ apparently spent his 
| vacation time mulling over a fuller meaning 
| of Linux/FOSS âfreedomâ and âchoice.â When 
| he returned yesterday, he arrived with a 
| Debian Linux installation CD and gave me a 
| stirring speech about it. Most desktop 
| users donât concern themselves with things 
| that they think have nothing to do with 
| them. But I do, because Iâm a wonderful, 
| exceptional person. 


Is The Linux Brand Poisoned?

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| Of the 109 people asked, 71 did not know.  
| 24 of them responded with the generic 
| equivalent of "It's some sort of computer 
| program".  The remaining number were able 
| to accurately describe Linux as an 
| operating system or a server solution.  Out 
| of that 109 queried, 7 used Mac exclusively 
| to run their businesses.  I did not pre-
| choose the businesses I spoke to.  They 
| were chosen from a three block downtown 
| area of Austin and a large business park 
| located in North Austin.



I â Free Software

,----[ Quote ]
| Valentines Day is a celebration of love and
| affection between intimate companions. This
| year why not take the opportunity to show
| you care about the people and Free Software
| that show you love all year round? Here are
| our suggestions for making this February the
| fourteenth a very special day.

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