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Re: [News] Canonical Puts Proprietary Software in the Ubuntu Repos

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____/ TomB on Friday 28 May 2010 14:16 : \____

> On 2010-05-28, the following emerged from the brain of chrisv:
>> Chris Ahlstrom wrote:
>>>Ian Hilliard pulled this Usenet boner:
>>>> I can't see a problem with Canonical's behaviour. They understand that
>>>> Linux needs financial backers to go to the next level. That won't happen
>>>> if people can't make a buck out of it. There is money being made in many
>>>> areas. The one big hole is the desktop. If desktop Linux is to become
>>>> mainstream, then software vendors will have to see a way of leveraging
>>>> desktop Linux to make money. Canonical seems to be making it easier to
>>>> do that. I say more power to them.
>>>> In the mean time, for those who still only want to use Free software,
>>>> there is plenty of it around. As long as people are not forced to use
>>>> the commercial packages, I see no problem with them being offered.
>>>However, it behooves us to keep pointing out potential issues with
>>>commercial packages.
>> Yes.  This is a very worthy discussion.
> It is. Should GNU/Linux distributions avoid proprietary software at
> all costs?
> While I do respect the distros taking pride in this approach
> (gnewsense for example), I don't feel that this is absolutely
> necessary. My distro of choice optionally offers a lot of non-free
> software, and it doesn't bother me at all. I can choose not to install
> those packages, or even disable the repos alltogether.

Why not offer the option without encouraging it? It's better to have people use
proprietary software on GNU/Linux than on Windows as it may, in due time, introduce them
to substitutes that offer them freedom. 

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