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Old 02-25-2007, 10:31 PM   #1
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LXer: Eric.S.Raymond forsakes Fedora Linux and embraces Ubuntu

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Considering that Eric S Raymond is a board member of Freespire, and considering his well known posture regarding allowing proprietary codecs to be freely used by default in Linux, this article ponders why he did not choose to embrace Freespire or Linspire and chose Ubuntu instead?

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And how much longer will there really be a substantial difference I wonder....
Old 02-25-2007, 11:15 PM   #3
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Not very long, I'm afraid. I am mystified at the high percentage of Linux users who have no concern at all about the inclusion of proprietary binarys in default Linux distributions. Linux has moved to the very verge of mainstream acceptance without these inclusions in a very short time, and suddenly people decide it can't take the final step without changing what has worked so well to date.

The real issue is that an entirely free (libre) OS can not be brought under corporate control, and therefore can not be dependable as a revenue source. Hopefully, a large enough base of users will see the truth of the matter to maintain a viable "real" Linux environment, but with people like ESR and Linus Torvalds jumping on the corporate bandwagon, there are major challenges ahead.

Here's another recent LXer link that addresses a completely different facet of the same problem.

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