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

From: Simon Ward
Subject: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Ubuntu 9.10 Release Party - 30th October
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 22:12:40 +0100
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On Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 09:51:48PM +0100, Tony Arnold wrote:
> Personally, I'd rather run a system that is 95% free and 5% proprietary
> than one which is 100% proprietary.

That doesn’t mean I should endorse that system in the name of free

> 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?

No, because you could have sought alternative free drivers, and at
least encouraged the development of them, or bought free software
friendly hardware, and still have been able to use the 95% free part.

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a
simple system that works.—John Gall

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