Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Apr 2006 16:13 UTC, submitted by Soulbender
OpenBSD "Freedom, openness, security - these principles lead OpenBSD development. The song for this release, Blob!, and the new artworks that promote them. Federico Biancuzzi interviewed OpenBSD's team of Blob-Busters and discussed new features of OpenBSD 3.9 along with freedom (and quality!) threats."
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Last Grassroots Open Source Operating System?
by Bink on Sun 30th Apr 2006 18:08 UTC
Bink
Member since:
2006-02-19

Outside of its well-known focus on security, it would appear OpenBSD is also the last of the open source operating systems that also really focuses on openness--and this is a shame.

With all publicity of GNU, the FSF and Linux, OpenBSD appears to be the only operating system that really emphasizes the "Free as in Freedom" mantra. Taken directly from http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html:

* The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
* The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
* The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
* The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

OpenBSD is the only open source operating system that really focuses on "free software"--the rest of the BSDs and Linux, for the most part, readily violate the free software philosophy and assist commercial entities in bringing these forward-thinking freedoms to an end for all of us.

Come on "Linux guys"--since you make up the popular majority--remember the reason you starting using Linux to begin with and do your part to help put an end to the BLOBs.

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Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

Hmmm... there are a lot of Linux distributions that rely solely on Free Software, including the mainstream Ubuntu.

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Janizary Member since:
2006-03-12

No, Ubuntu has the ndis wrapper.

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dishkuvek Member since:
2005-12-02

While I agree with you that a lot of open source projects are giving way and getting lax with what they let into their operating systems, one must not forget Fedora, their distribution is 100% free and open.

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