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 Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 07:31 UTC in reply to "Rant"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

As a software developer the whole "proprietary software is illegal" thing really pi$$es me off.

Writing software is what I do for a living. If these people had their way, my job wouldn't exist.

And it should exist. App developers work damn hard to keep their skills up to date, and to write quality, bug free software. Why should the product of months (sometimes years) of hard graft not be allowed to be sold for profit?



No one is saying that. There are people that want libre software. There is nothing in any FSF license that prohibits anyone from selling the resulting product for money. There are people who do want all of their software to be libre-free. What's wrong with that? If you were supreme emperor of the world, would you ban free ( either libre or beer free) software?

I have nothing against FOSS, in fact I really want it to succeed. But there's room for both types of software, and to rule out things like device drivers is totally nuts.


By the other section of your comment, its kind of clear that you feel that FOSS is out to get you. In any case, its clear that Parabola isn't for you. Great. If there is room for both, then what the heck was the point of your comment? Live and let live. You have your choice from a complete no free software at all Operating system ( Windows) to do what ever the heck you want with it ( FreeBSD) to do everything with it except abuse other people's ability to do the same ( Debian Linux Parabola,etc).

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

No one is saying that.


Yes there are those saying that but Parabola isn't one of them, IIRC.

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RE[3]: Rant
by r_a_trip on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 09:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Rant"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes there are those saying that [snip]

Yes, but are those nutters in any position to influence lawmakers? My guess is they aren't.

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v RE[2]: Rant
by lucas_maximus on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 08:33 in reply to "RE: Rant"
RE[3]: Rant
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 14:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Rant"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

No, I've never heard any argument for why it should be illegal to sell software. That isn't anywhere on the FSF website, and characterizes a common misconception amongst people about libre-free software.


It sort of is like your priest example, as in, its based on a complete misunderstanding of reality. Priests (choose any religion that has a caste that calls themselves priest) don't do that, and never really have. Now, there are crazy religious zealots that do that, maybe even a few that would call themselves ministers, but not priests. You're blaming the wrong people. Just as the original poster didn't understand free-libre software.

The point is, you should at least *try* to understand things *before* getting pissed off about it. If for no other reason to be able to cary on an intelligent conversation and/or rant at the correct people.

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