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: Why is proprietary bad?
by deb2006 on Sat 25th Nov 2006 22:45 UTC in reply to "Why is proprietary bad?"
deb2006
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2006-06-26

1. It's bad because it can be taken away. Let's take nVidia or ATI. If both companies would suddenly stop their Linux support, it'd be quite a disaster for Linux. Sure, you could still use nv and vesa, but you wouldn't be able to really have a 3D desktop.

2. Same goes for applications: If Adobe suddenly stopped Photoshop for the Mac - there's nothing, absolutely nothing the Mac users could do (uhm, except switching to their beloved Vista). This cannot hapen to the Gimp. Even if the people responsible today would die or loose interest in their application, there'd soon be others to take over.

3. The GPL argument is a fact. A license is a license . The reasons against binary blobs are not just put forward by Linux - there are others, e.g. the NetBSD community - who vote clearly against using binary blobs. No control, unable to patch anything. Bad, bad, bad.

4. Linux should be as easy as possible (well, Ubuntu, SUSE and Linspire - don't touch Slackware or Debian ;) ) - but not for the price of binary blobs.

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RE[2]: Why is proprietary bad?
by Janizary on Sat 25th Nov 2006 23:48 in reply to "RE: Why is proprietary bad?"
Janizary Member since:
2006-03-12

No, NetBSD actually supports Project Evil, it's OpenBSD that's the anti-blob people.

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