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[3]: Nonfree firmware
by No it isnt on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 08:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nonfree firmware"
No it isnt
Member since:
2005-11-14

If you have to ask, you probably should get someone else to set up the computer for you, but OK: 1) You can search for and download the package from packages.debian.org, put it on a USB stick and go; 2) you can use USB tethering and a mobile phone; 3) some other way. It doesn't take a genius, and is still easier than installing Windows on most computers.

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RE[4]: Nonfree firmware
by Laurence on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 09:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Nonfree firmware"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

If you have to ask, you probably should get someone else to set up the computer for you, but OK: 1) You can search for and download the package from packages.debian.org, put it on a USB stick and go; 2) you can use USB tethering and a mobile phone; 3) some other way. It doesn't take a genius, and is still easier than installing Windows on most computers.


Sadly the good point you had raised was over-shadowed by unnecessary condescension. There really wasn't any need for that kind of attitude.

Also, nobody said anything about Windows. There are other Linux distros that are perfectly good on servers and include non-free firmware. However I'm more puzzled why anyone would want to run a server off wireless (except maybe if it was a router, but then you'd use DD-WRT rather than Debian anyway)

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RE[5]: Nonfree firmware
by No it isnt on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 09:37 in reply to "RE[4]: Nonfree firmware"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

I'm only condescending because the person I replied to was being deliberately obtuse. I don't believe for a second that he couldn't think of a solution on his own.

The comparison to Windows was to draw a parallel to something most people accept using.

Edited 2012-02-03 09:40 UTC

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RE[5]: Nonfree firmware
by lucas_maximus on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 09:38 in reply to "RE[4]: Nonfree firmware"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I used wireless as an example as most wireless cards need a blob to work, but you could substitute that with ethernet.

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