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[DotGNU]freedom and the "quality of [GNU/]Linux" (was Re: DotGNU and bus

From: S11001001
Subject: [DotGNU]freedom and the "quality of [GNU/]Linux" (was Re: DotGNU and business)
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 02:37:29 -0500
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Timothy Rue wrote:
The genuine product of "Freedom" should be able to speak plenty loud on
it's own and can only be gaged to the degree you design a system to
contridict such Freedom.

Well, unfortunately, the spread of people who complain about the "quality of [GNU/]Linux" instead of focusing on what's really important reaches this list. No insults intended, but it is the symptom of a larger problem, of people looking at their computers as mere tools instead of active forces in their lives. And that attitude ignores the fact that freedom should be considered one of the factors in computing "quality". And by that measure, the GNU system, and its Free variants, are heads, shoulders, and anything else you care to mention above Windows in quality.

While it is important to teach people about freedom of software, the one area that the open-sourcers have forgotten, we already know there are other benefits <>. Knowing those more familiar benefits can ease their initial fears about freedom.

Stephen Compall
DotGNU `Contributor' --

This societal shift is letting users take back control of their
futures. Just as the Magna Carta gave rights to British subjects, the
GPL enforces consumer rights and freedoms on behalf of the users of
computer software.
        -- Evan Leibovitch, "Who's Afraid of Big Bad Wolves"

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