Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Aug 2009 22:23 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source When Windows Vista was launched, the Free Software Foundation started its BadVista campaign, which was aimed at informing users about what the FSF considered user-restrictive features in Vista. Luckily for the FSF, Vista didn't really need a bad-mouthing campaign to fail. Now that Windows 7 is receiving a lot of positive press, the FSF dusted off the BadVista drum, and gave it a fresh coat of paint.
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RE: Agreed
by kaiwai on Thu 27th Aug 2009 11:49 UTC in reply to "Agreed"
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The Free software world has enough to offer, but it always seems like the only time you ever really hear about the FSF is when they're busy badmouthing someone or something else. This doesn't leave a good impression with people.

They've been doing that for years and it still hasn't made much of a difference. Badmouthing others always, ALWAYS, leaves also a negative image of you and just doesn't make you look credible.

FSF really should make themselves heard in some entirely different way and try not to look so much like bitter lunatics.


What I find also funny is how they bad mouth Windows 7 and they put nothing up as an alternative for the end user to run instead of Windows. Linux - when are we going to see easy to use applications from the open source world that aren't written by people who abuse users who provide constructive feedback? When are we going to see the same level of hardware support as Windows - webcams that conform to UVC standards but the UVC implemented in Linux is only 1/3 complete. Then there is the issue of binary drivers where compatibility is broken with each release of the kernel.

Personally, I'm all for a good debate but I hate those who bad mouth someone or something and provide nothing in the way of a viable alternative. Its like the politician who bad mouths the government but never provides an alternative set of policies - "I respect what you're trying to achieve, however, here is a superior set of policies that would achieve the same outcomes but at a lower cost......".

Maybe when the FSF provides a comparable product to Windows (or Mac OS X) with the same level of easy to use applications and equal hardware support - then maybe they can say, "Windows is ethically flawed and here is our alternative - it does everything Windows does but without infringing on your rights". If they did that, then I would have a heck of a lot of respect for them - heck, I'd make a sizable donation for sticking to the high ground and being constructive instead of destructive in their advocacy.

Edited 2009-08-27 11:54 UTC

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