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Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Ubuntu 9.10 Release Party - 30th October

From: Tony Arnold
Subject: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Ubuntu 9.10 Release Party - 30th October
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 21:51:48 +0100
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Simon Ward wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 09:23:16PM +0100, Simon Ward wrote:
>> I don’t subscribe to the line of thought that suggests there are
>> missed opportunities for free software from promoting distributions
>> that encourage the use of proprietary software when it’s “convenient”.
> I’m unsure if there should be a “not” in there.  What I meant, of
> course, was that I believe that endorsing proprietary software,
> directly or indirectly, does nothing for the free software philosophy,
> and actually works against it.

Personally, I'd rather run a system that is 95% free and 5% proprietary
than one which is 100% proprietary. And if that 5% means my hardware
works and I can do all the things I want/need to do, then doesn't that
mean it's enabled me to run the 95% free part?

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