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Re: [gNewSense-users] Sugestion on Website

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Sugestion on Website
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 16:07:37 +0930

On Tue, 2008-05-13 at 06:11 -0700, Koh Choon Lin wrote:
> Hi!

I'm replying on behalf of someone else, who had trouble sending to the
list (hope i reply at the right spot in the thread):

> > I was checking at the forum, and i find that we have a rise of incoming
> > users (:)), most of them kind of new to the 100% free software concept.
> While the purpose of gNewSense is to provide a completely free operating 
> system, it is not the goal to explain in details the philosophy of free 
> software. As such, I recommend linking GNU and FSF articles to provide a 
> brief explanation of what free software is about. RMS's writings are more 
> than sufficient and easy enough to read for even beginners to the free world.

I have absolutely no idea what Koh Choon Lin is concerned about. If
there is a complaint it makes zero sense to me. I see no harm or problem
in the gNewSense wiki. Perhaps he is ignorant in the purpose and
opportunity it provides.

I've written a couple of things for the gNS wiki (Why Free Software and
the Community Guidelines :) and I think it is tremendously beneficial
and important it remains available for people to _read_ and _improve_.

Most certainly RMS would not advise against the development and
extension of his brilliantly profound Free Software Movement philosophy.
Both previously mentioned texts include linking to the auspices of the
FSF and its GNU Project papers.

Sam Geeraerts wrote, '(like "Linux for Human Beings")' for a 'short
catchphrase' that 'captures the essence of the project' || '"Linux for
Human Beings"' is co-equally inaccurate. --This is a terrible
misunderstanding and the gNS wiki pages exist precisely to correct this
mistaken notion.

I haven't read or so I cannot remark
about them. However, linking to is a lousy idea. Ubuntu's
views run contrary and are too inconsistent with the beliefs of the Free
Software Movement.

Shalom, --CMS

> Regards
> Koh Choon Lin

Karl Goetz <address@hidden>

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