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Re: [gNewSense-users] Glossy GNU ?

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Glossy GNU ?
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2007 22:14:57 +0930
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Mitch Wiedemann wrote:
> Matthew Flaschen wrote:
>> Mitch Wiedemann wrote:
>>> Koh Choon Lin wrote:
>>> My conspiracy theory is this:
>>> Ubuntu is under a lot of pressure (from freedom-oblivious users) to
>>> release a much less free (more non-free drivers) distribution.  There
>>> are some in the Ubuntu community who would like this not to happen.  For
>>> them they are producing a token Free distro.
>> All right, except it will only be token distro if no one uses it.
> I think that this will unfortunately be the case.  Thus resulting in a
> net loss of freedom for the Ubuntu community.  Ubuntu has a fair amount
> of sway in the industry at the moment.  They could have used that
> influence to pressure hardware manufacturers to release free drivers,
> but their priorities seem to be to make "Linux" "just work" with
> non-free software instead.

I think you overestimate how much leverage canonical has against
hardware companies.

> This is all conjecture at this point.  I hope it doesn't turn out as I
> envision it.

Karl Goetz
User of gNewSense: Free as in Freedom -
Australian Ubuntu users team -
User of Debian, The Universal Operating System -

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