Linked by ddc_ on Thu 2nd Feb 2012 23:22 UTC
Slackware, Slax There are different reasons people use Unix-like operating systems, including configurable, availability free of charge, powerful command line interface an many more. Some people are motivated by the moral issue: they reject non-free software. Specifically for such users Free Software Foundation developed Guidelines for Free System Distributions and created the list of absolutely free ("as in freedom") distributions. In this article we are going to look at the most recent entry on the list - Parabola GNU/Linux.
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RE: Rant
by Soulbender on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 04:20 UTC in reply to "Rant"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

App developers work damn hard to keep their skills up to date, and to write quality, bug free software.


Like...Skype and Kazaaaaaaaaa and comet cursors and bonzai buddy? ;)
Just pulling your leg though...

But there's room for both types of software, and to rule out things like device drivers is totally nuts.


Yeah, this thing annoys me too. I use almost only FOSS software but if someone wants to sell their closed-code for profit that's none of my business. I'll probably never buy their product in a million years but that's my choice.

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RE[2]: Rant
by r_a_trip on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 09:21 in reply to "RE: Rant"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

I use almost only FOSS software but if someone wants to sell their closed-code for profit that's none of my business. I'll probably never buy their product in a million years but that's my choice.

But that is the point entirely. FSF is not trying to get proprietary software outlawed. It is trying to get people to see the benefits of FOSS only.

The outcome is still the same though. If the majority of consumers forego proprietary for FOSS, there won't be much of a proprietary market left.

As an aside: Distributions are free to follow the FSF guidelines or not. So all pure FOSS distro's do so of their own volition.

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RE[3]: Rant
by Soulbender on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 10:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Rant"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Yes, this news item isn't the right venue for this discussion. Parabola doesn't seem to be part of the nut-ball brigade.

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RE[2]: Rant
by fithisux on Sat 4th Feb 2012 07:03 in reply to "RE: Rant"
fithisux Member since:
2006-01-22

I'll probably never buy their product in a million years but that's my choice.



with drivers you have no choice. If the blobs are not platform specific they count as firmware. Otherwise it is anti-competitive, immoral and possibly illegal.

It seems that UEFI would solve this problem with bytecode drivers in UEFI. But don't hold your breath. If the process is not standardized with standard cross-platform exported interfaces (but with user-space blobs), it would mean the death of FOSS.

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