Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Dec 2006 21:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The FSF today launched a campaign with a twofold mission of exposing the harms inflicted on computer users by the new Microsoft Windows Vista and promoting free software alternatives that respect users' security and privacy rights. "Vista is an upsell masquerading as an upgrade. It is an overall regression when you look at the most important aspect of owning and using a computer: your control over what it does. Obviously MS Windows is already proprietary and very restrictive, and well worth rejecting. But the new 'features' in Vista are a Trojan Horse to smuggle in even more restrictions. We'll be focusing attention on detailing how they work, how to resist them, and why people should care", said FSF program administrator John Sullivan."
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by Hiev on Fri 15th Dec 2006 23:02 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
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But anything useful for Average Joe has applications every bit as good as proprietary applications or even better.

The problen is that joe user uses youtube and many other basic applications that makes its use in Linux or BSB useless.

I don't think all the basic joe user needs are covered for Free Software yet but hey, that's just my opinion.

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by ctl_alt_del on Fri 15th Dec 2006 23:26 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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So what are the "basic joe user needs" that aren't covered by open source alternatives?

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by dylansmrjones on Sat 16th Dec 2006 00:18 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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YouTube isn't an application, but a webservice. And it works fine on Linux.

BSB? I've no idea what BSB is.

What basic needs are left uncovered?

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by raynevandunem on Sat 16th Dec 2006 05:30 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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Yeah, let's run down the correlation of Flash + Linux + Youtube.

1) Adobe only released a Linux on x86 version of Flash 9 recently, and its still in beta version. They (Adobe and Macromedia) waited for something like two years since the previous Linux-x86 version (Flash 7) to release squat, and decided to skip Flash 8 for Linux-on-x86 altogether.

2) Adobe doesn't release a version of Flash 9 for Linux on x86-64, PPC, or any other hardware platform. So Linux-on-AMD users are SOL in regards to YouTube.

3) Let's not forget the lack of Flash (or any other of their) developer tools for Linux on *any* architecture, mind you.


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