Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2007 23:09 UTC, submitted by thebluesgnr
GNU, GPL, Open Source The FSF today released version 3 of the GNU GPL, the popular free software license. "Since we founded the free software movement, over 23 years ago, the free software community has developed thousands of useful programs that respect the user's freedom. The programs are in the GNU/Linux operating system, as well as personal computers, telephones, Internet servers, and more. Most of these programs use the GNU GPL to guarantee every user the freedom to run, study, adapt, improve, and redistribute the program," said Richard Stallman, founder and president of the FSF. This article has some interesting replies from the BSD community (right in the middle).
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arielb
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2006-11-15

"This is why the GPL is as free as, say, the BSDL, but in a different way - because freedom is *never* absolute, and in order to guarantee some freedoms, you need to curtail other freedoms (as someone pointed out, to guarantee the freedom to live, you have to curtail the freedom to murder)."

That's right and that's why many people will prefer microsoft, because it is much easier to use than linux and yet available on most x86 computers and other people will favor Apple which has even more restrictions because they feel it works better than anything. they also see Apple as a strike back against Microsoft because to them OS choice is more important than hardware choice or source code availability

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archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

That's right and that's why many people will prefer microsoft, because it is much easier to use than linux and yet available on most x86 computers


That has absolutely *nothing* to do with what I was saying. Are you sure you replied to the correct post?

Note: Windows is not easier to use than Linux when compared in similar settings (i.e. preinstalled and configured). The fact is that people will use what comes with their PCs, and many people are unaware of what Linux is (heck, many people still don't understand the concept of an OS - a non-technical friend of mine often refers to MS Word as "Windows"...)

and other people will favor Apple which has even more restrictions because they feel it works better than anything. they also see Apple as a strike back against Microsoft because to them OS choice is more important than hardware choice or source code availability


For many people, Apple is about brand identification and visual design. I know the reason I would buy a MacBook is because they are *beautiful*, not necessarily to use OSX (I would probably install Linux and Windows in a triple-boot configuration).

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

That's right and that's why many people will prefer microsoft, because it is much easier to use than linux


You haven't been keeping up, have you?

Windows is not easier to use than Linux.

and yet available on most x86 computers


Linux will happily run on "most x86 computers", and it will run on nearly everything from wristwatches through to mainframes as well, ... Oh, and it will even run on Macs.

Linux will run on a lot more computers than Vista or OSX will run on.

OSX and Vista both cost a lot more than Linux does.

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