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[News] Lessons from Socrates About Free(dom) Software

  • Subject: [News] Lessons from Socrates About Free(dom) Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 22:16:58 +0100
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Socrates on sharing knowledge

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| I came across this text over at 
| www.linuxformat.gr and it got me into a lot of 
| thinking. I would like to thank NikolaosX1 for 
| sharing the original post in Greek and Danae 
| for the translation in English that follows.
| [...]
| After discovering this article I really wanted 
| to write a post here expanding my thoughts on 
| it and how they relate with Free Software. I 
| decided to just express some initial points of 
| concern I have instead, leaving it open for 
| discussion. Hereâs whatâs troubling me:
|    1. In general I donât like taking words of 
|    great people out of context, nor misusing 
|    them just to make a point. I only use this 
|    quote here, with respective differences 
|    taken into consideration and respecting the 
|    analogy, to trigger a conversation. I 
|    already feel awkward, but I felt this was 
|    something worth sharing.
|    2. I am aware that FLOSS has other ârulesâ 
|    and âfreedomsâ to define itself and I have 
|    in mind that the quoted text is far from 
|    expressing the Free Software ideology. 
|    However I agree with the initial writer. 
|    For me, the idea behind  Socratesâ words  
|    in a way demonstrates the substance of Free 
|    Software, and the âsharing knowledgeâ 
|    concept is one of the reasons that drove me 
|    into this community in the first place.


How Hard Can it Be? DIY OCW

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| One of the miracles of free software is that 
| it always begins with one or two people 
| saying: âhey, how hard can it be?â The miracle 
| is that they say that even when âitâ is an 
| operating system like GNU, or a kernel like 
| Linux, or a graphic image manipulation package 
| like the GIMP. Despite the manifest 
| impossibility of one person writing something 
| that usually requires vast, hierarchical 
| teams, and months of planning, they just start 
| and the miracle continues: others join in and 
| the thing grows until one day, with the help 
| of a few hundred friends, they achieve that 
| impossibility.



Confessions of a Linux newbie

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| The ability to apply different interfaces to the OS
| was a novel concept after years of the Windows
| monolith. KDE, Gnome, and Xfce are the most popular
| Linux graphical interfaces, most of which are based
| on the X Window System, but many hard-core Linux
| users stick with its command-line interface, which
| harkens back to DOS. Instead of taking whatever
| features Microsoft offers, Linux lets you mix and
| match components and functions to meet your needs
| and fit your style.

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