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Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Promotional Leaflet

From: Tim Dobson
Subject: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Promotional Leaflet
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 18:32:11 +0400

2008/7/7 Lucy <address@hidden>:
> Thanks to both Tim and Ben for the really useful and positive
> feedback. I'll look at both of your comments in detail and update the
> leaflet once I get some free time.

no problem :)

> Some quick comments:
> On 07/07/2008, Tim Dobson <address@hidden> wrote:
>> [snip] several bits need looking at again in detail:
>>  GNU/Linux distros(!)
> In what way? Might be difficult due to lack of space, but I'm sure I
> can tidy it up.

gNewSense & Ubuntu. The non-free software really puts a hole in this
leaflet imho. I know this point is not new, and I know it hasn't been
resolved, but I would either err on putting gnewsense first or leaving
out the section. We don't need to reccommend gnu/linux distros do we?
In general people find lots of choice really confusing anyway.
i don't know.
I'd like this not to turn into a ubuntu vs gnewsense... AGAIN. :P

>>  Naming controversy
> I don't see the point in focusing on negatives and most people really
> won't care about an argument that's held deep within the community. I
> think that the one sentence is enough?

You misunderstood me - that ok. i didn't mean that.

"GNU/Linux is frequently shortened to just Linux, but its full name reflects
its origins from both the kernel created by Linus Torvalds and Richard
Stallman's GNU project."

it's not obvious from here what the origins of the full name are. I
can interpret it that GNU built Linux. Perhaps we can just rephrase it
to clarify. it should be too difficult - has anyone got suggestions?

>>  I'd also point out that free software doesn't have "no limitations" on
>>  how it is used - that even applies to bsd. it probably sends out the
>>  wrong message. perhaps we can rephrase that.
> Oops, good point.

No problem. - the "Free societies still have laws" argument works
quite well IMHO but I don't know what you think.

>>  I also think that more emphasis on freedom over price would not go amiss.
>>  I'll do my best to reply to any followups though my reply may be a bit 
>> laggy.
> Okay. I'll take another look and see what I can do. I did find it
> quite difficult due to the space limitations though!

Brilliant! Do your best. When I get a machine I can actually use
properly, I'll see if I can help out a bit more.


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still has one object.
If each of us have one idea, and we exchange them, then each of us now
has two ideas. - George Bernard Shaw

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