Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Aug 2009 22:23 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source When Windows Vista was launched, the Free Software Foundation started its BadVista campaign, which was aimed at informing users about what the FSF considered user-restrictive features in Vista. Luckily for the FSF, Vista didn't really need a bad-mouthing campaign to fail. Now that Windows 7 is receiving a lot of positive press, the FSF dusted off the BadVista drum, and gave it a fresh coat of paint.
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RE: Agreed
by kaiwai on Thu 27th Aug 2009 11:49 UTC in reply to "Agreed"
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

The Free software world has enough to offer, but it always seems like the only time you ever really hear about the FSF is when they're busy badmouthing someone or something else. This doesn't leave a good impression with people.

They've been doing that for years and it still hasn't made much of a difference. Badmouthing others always, ALWAYS, leaves also a negative image of you and just doesn't make you look credible.

FSF really should make themselves heard in some entirely different way and try not to look so much like bitter lunatics.


What I find also funny is how they bad mouth Windows 7 and they put nothing up as an alternative for the end user to run instead of Windows. Linux - when are we going to see easy to use applications from the open source world that aren't written by people who abuse users who provide constructive feedback? When are we going to see the same level of hardware support as Windows - webcams that conform to UVC standards but the UVC implemented in Linux is only 1/3 complete. Then there is the issue of binary drivers where compatibility is broken with each release of the kernel.

Personally, I'm all for a good debate but I hate those who bad mouth someone or something and provide nothing in the way of a viable alternative. Its like the politician who bad mouths the government but never provides an alternative set of policies - "I respect what you're trying to achieve, however, here is a superior set of policies that would achieve the same outcomes but at a lower cost......".

Maybe when the FSF provides a comparable product to Windows (or Mac OS X) with the same level of easy to use applications and equal hardware support - then maybe they can say, "Windows is ethically flawed and here is our alternative - it does everything Windows does but without infringing on your rights". If they did that, then I would have a heck of a lot of respect for them - heck, I'd make a sizable donation for sticking to the high ground and being constructive instead of destructive in their advocacy.

Edited 2009-08-27 11:54 UTC

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RE[2]: Agreed
by Moulinneuf on Thu 27th Aug 2009 13:10 in reply to "RE: Agreed"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

When are we going to see the same level of hardware support as Windows


You want GNU/Linux to stop supporting legacy hardware and 50% of the known existing hardware to be like Windows ? ... Wait for the hardware OEM/ODM maker to make the driver ?

webcams that conform to UVC standards


That one is so laughable. Sugesting all Webcam that conform to it and you calling it a standard ...

the UVC implemented in Linux is only 1/3 complete.


http://linux-uvc.berlios.de/

8 out of 15 ... That's more then half , and the rest is not some not really needed proprietary crap by any chance ? That have other alternative ?

http://mxhaard.free.fr/

"At the moment, manufacturers of usb bridge and camera sensor did not help us."

Then there is the issue of binary drivers where compatibility is broken with each release of the kernel.


That's the problem of the binary maker ...

I'm all for a good debate


You ? No ... ref your comment history.

I'd make a sizable donation


Lol ...

that aren't written by people who abuse users who provide constructive feedback?


Someone else had enough of your nonsense ? Got a link to your constructive feedback so I can laugh at you there too ?

What in/sane developer would hop on a plane , go to New-Zealand , just for the privilege of abusing poor kaiwai ? Got any pics or video ?

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RE[3]: Agreed
by rockwell on Thu 27th Aug 2009 13:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Agreed"
rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

Your freetard keyboard driver keeps adding a space before each question mark. Perfect.

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