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[gNewSense-users] Re: Wikipedia

From: Yavor Doganov
Subject: [gNewSense-users] Re: Wikipedia
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 02:23:40 +0300
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Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> This is his edit:

That's fine as I see it.  However, I still feel my point is important
in the general sense, although it might be a tangent in the context of
this discussion.

> > This is the equivalent to the question "I want to be a slave, it is my
> > freedom to choose so".
> Perhaps, but gNewSense doesn't attempt to force you not to use non-free
> repositories; we shouldn't give the impression it does.

I tend to agree, but remember: gNewSense is for users that value their

If we (we == people supporting gNS) do not distinguish between users
that match this criteria and users that just came upon this "Linux"
(sic) distribution because it's popular or blessed by FSF or whatever
-- we will lose at the end.  The whole point is teaching people the
values of the Free Software Movement.  If we fail to do so, or if they
interpret this as an "attack to their freedom", it is a general
failure, *no matter* how gNewSense is or becomes popular at the end.

> And I don't think there is any intention to develop packages
> specifically for gNewSense.

I find your lack of faith disturbing.  There is intention, there is
hope, there is much more than any of these combined.  But it'll take
time until forces unite, a usable set of packages is coined, and a
wise direction (purely from technical point of view) is developed.  If
we know what we have to do, we will achieve it, even if it takes a few
generations to mature.

Am I the only one who considers the LACK of a constantly,
independently, stream-developed, entirely free GNU/Linux distribution
a total general failure, a core dump of the so called "free software
community"?  The current state of affairs is humiliating for me.

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