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Old 05-04-2006, 05:54 AM   #1
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LXer: Freespire: Great Idea? Awful Idea?

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It's a simple idea. Take the Linspire Debian-based Linux distribution and bundle it with every proprietary driver and program that's available for Linux. Ta-da, an instant Linux that's compatible with far more hardware and applications.

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The problem, of course, is that by combining proprietary software with Linux, you're also legitimatizing the use of proprietary programs with open-source.
...and, IMO, it's a very big problem, indeed. Goes to the root of the GPL III controversy. The more I think about it, the more I tend to support Stallman's position over Torvald's. Hopefully, there will always be distro's like Debian that emphasize the importance of FOSS, and insist that non-free elements of GNU-Linux be identified as such.


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