Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Nov 2006 23:05 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Mark Shuttleworth is trying to entice OpenSUSE developers to join Ubuntu. "Novell's decision to go to great lengths to circumvent the patent framework clearly articulated in the GPL has sent shockwaves through the community. If you are an OpenSUSE developer who is concerned about the long term consequences of this pact, you may be interested in some of the events happening next week as part of the Ubuntu Open Week."
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RE[5]: Why is proprietary bad?
by molnarcs on Sat 25th Nov 2006 23:48 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Why is proprietary bad?"
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and their communities tend to be much more helpful and more polite.

Not true. Came from mandrake to freebsd (mandrake at that time had a very helpful community) - and I found the FreeBSD folks very very helpful. In fact, the community is one of the asset that made me stay. I'm referring to bsdforums or @freebsd-questions. They expect you to do your homework (they really put a lot of effort to write good documentation) - but even if you fail, they RTFM you very politely ;)

I also found developers very helpful - I had problems with sound (with skype) and the multimedia@freebsd folks helped me, even though I was an obvious newbie at that time. So did the usb folks.

I don't know where this myth comes from - I still use linux occasionally (and visit support forums), but I can tell you without hesitation that the FreeBSD community is one of the friendliest I ever saw. (there will be exceptions of course, but if you really look at the general trend - by visiting or browsing the mailing list archaives - you'll be surprised!).

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