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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 22:23:57 +0100
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On Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 09:51:35PM +0100, Lucy wrote:
> Whereas, I think that including some small amounts of proprietary
> software in order to make a large amount of free software usable for
> the majority of people is sometimes necessary. I'm not saying that
> it's a good thing, just unfortunately required.

Not something I would promote.  Instead, I accept that certain
distributions undervalue free software.  I might promote them for
other reasons, but not for their (lack of) commitment to free

> I also think that it's sad people aren't celebrating the free aspects
> of Ubuntu and other Linux OSs and instead concentrate solely on
> critising what's missing.

It only takes one incumbent piece of proprietary software to make the
system as a whole effectively proprietary, and susceptible to the
disadvantages that proprietary software has.  I’d rather not celebrate
this, especially when there are distributions that follow the free
software guidelines.

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

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