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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Not too interested anymore...
by Anonymous on Tue 4th Nov 2003 06:36 UTC

The geeks in our culture easily adopt superior technology, but the household has been Microsoft's cash cow for about twenty years. Whether you like or dislike it, Darwin (via Mac OS X) enabled UNIX-like operating systems to find a home on millions of household desktops! That's quite an accomplishment that our geek culture wasn't able to itself perform as pervasively as Apple. Obviously Apple didn't do it without the help of BSD and GNU software, but they did it, non-the-less.

GNU/Darwin will succeed or fail based soley on its technical merits. That being said, I find it quite distracting to read about politics and religion when I'm looking for computer operating system distributions to test/use. I see the author's political rants and self-praises as a reach for new users. Obviously this gentleman has every right to express his political views on those who happen to visit his site, but I will find my visits much less freqeuent after reading this political discourse of absurdity.

%grep gnu-darwin /etc/hosts
127.0.0.1 gnu-darwin.org
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Good... Just checking...

PS - This is not a rant against either BSD or GNU! My life would be less happy without both of them, and I benefit from their work every day. My point is I don't need political rhetoric coming from my software vendor of choice--and given a choice, I will use the software that excels in technical merit.