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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Re: 100% Free Software T-shirt design

From: Sam Geeraerts
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Re: 100% Free Software T-shirt design
Date: Wed, 09 Jun 2010 23:31:46 +0200
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jaromil schreef:
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hi Sam,

On Wed, Jun 09, 2010 at 10:40:16AM +0200, Sam Geeraerts wrote:
Matias A. Fonzo schreef:

Then, with this criteria you can't buy a T-shirt of `Deep Purple',
`Chuck Berry', `Elvis Presley' or `Black Sabbath'. :-)
Their music is still usable today. An unmaintained distro becomes
unusable very quickly.

i keep agreing with Matias. plus consider nowadays is easy to fall
into mystified visions of "updating to the latest", but this is not
necessary in all cases, it just depends.

one of the main focuses of dyne:bolic for instance is that of
supporting old computers and it doesn't helps to just upgrade any time
a new version of a kernel, application or library is available. also
the fact it can be customized into ad-hoc LiveCDs can be a reason to
not upgrade, to avoid breaking backward compatibility with user-built
software modules.

actually, from a user point of view, the lack of updates on a system
that is already solid and does what it should do, is reassuring ground
for more sustainable personal customisations.

not sure i made my point clear here, such a position is so under
represented nowadays that it would deserve longer explanations and
better examples, however i'm just chipping in some thoughts "contro
corrente" matured while building a gnu/linux distribution with a large
and specialized user base.

I get what you're saying. People complain almost daily about how old gNewSense currently is. Somewhat less complaints about its stability, though. :)

However, I commented with a bit of security concern and a lot of freedom concern in mind. New freedom issues are found regularly, so an unmaintained libre distro becomes less libre (so to speak) as time goes by. Anyone choosing to use a libre distro would then find the unmaintained one unsuitable for their purposes.

I don't want to push this too far. I'm happy with any T-shirt promoting libre distros. :)

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