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Re: [gNewSense-users] RE: I decided to abandon gNewSense

From: Mu
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] RE: I decided to abandon gNewSense
Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 21:08:11 +0200

> It's great that you want to help and I hope you will continue to do so.

I'll do within my posibilities :-)

> Ubuntu might be less bad than Windows, but that still doesn't make it good
> from a free software point of view. I hope you can see why we have the
> policy outlined in our community guidelines.

I understand and support this policy. The only reason I propossed
Ubuntu was because he was going to fall into Windows. And I proposed
it to start accoustoming and later could return to gNS, in the same
way a Windows user that shitches from MS Office to OpenOffice and
other free programs can after change easily to GNU/Linux.

> Recommending non-free software
> diminishes the importance of software freedom and so must be avoided.

I would like to clarify: is Ubuntu, Debian or other distros considered
non-free by this purpose? Maybe it should be staten in the guidelines.

>  This would set gNewSense on the path of becoming an
> "elitist" operating system (as some have already accused it of being).

> I tended to see it this way. Not exactly elitist, but for people who can 
> understand why it is important. Giving gNS to someone that will not achieve 
> using it, is create a user that will never return. In this line, I used to 
> see it more like david.

> gNewSense is not just for the free software hacker "in-crowd". It's also for
> me and for you and for Patrick and for the rest of the world.

Is this your first distro?

> But we need newbies to ask the questions that make them (and
> us) understand software freedom better, to comment (and report bugs) from a
> non-technical perspective and to help us improve the documentation so that
> our goal will be easier to understand and our software will be more
> accessible for new users.

This is a strong point, I admit. The only thing is that we should not
lie to them and let them know that this road will be more difficult.

Even with this argumentation, my intention is still to help, so if you
reafirm this, I will never do this (or something similar) again. Sorry
for the inconvenience.


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