Linked by Michael L. Love on Mon 3rd Nov 2003 19:19 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives The GNU-Darwin Distribution is a free operating system and a popular source of free software for Mac OS X and Darwin-x86 users, but it is also a platform for digital activism. Founded in November of 2000, the Distribution has the stated goal of bringing software freedom to computer users of every stripe, and vigilantly defending digital liberties.
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Re: GNU
by ThanatosNL on Mon 3rd Nov 2003 22:19 UTC

My opinions on the matter are rather different from most peoples. The best way to show your appreciation for GNU's hard work and the freedom which they have secured is to both use their software, and educate oneself about what they have done for the community. Basically, show those guys respect where appropriate, even if typing or saying "guh new slash leenocks" is a bit much. Also, I feel that if someon makes a statement arguing against GNU's position out of ignorance or the desire to bash, I should defend GNU's position and hopefully enlighten them as to why they are incorrect. If one makes a statement against GNU's position with facts and sane logic, then I don't feel such a need to fight on GNU's side.

Please, people. Try to understand their point of view, and the reasons they have for holding such opinions. They have done a lot for us, and deserve more than being called names like "hypocrite" or "obnoxious." They deserve their userbase to at least understand the importance of their software, and why GNU values freedom, even if we don't.