[nSLUG] On topic of favorite distros, and Linux on the Desktop

Paul Boudreau pbx at eastlink.ca
Thu Mar 4 15:48:24 AST 2004


Peter Cordes wrote:

>On Thu, Mar 04, 2004 at 01:06:00PM -0400, Jeff Warnica wrote:
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>>Quoting Peter Cordes <peter at cordes.ca>:
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>>>On Tue, Mar 02, 2004 at 09:47:46AM -0400, Paul Boudreau wrote:
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>>>>GNU is more than a political movement, it is the basis for
>>>>all free software out there, not just Linux.
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>>>Not true.  XFree86 and the BSDs for example are completely independent of
>>>the GNU project.  They have Free origins that date back to before the
>>>influence of the GNU project.
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>>For that matter, Linux (the kernel) isnt a GNU project either.
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> IIRC, I've read that if it weren't for the GNU project and the GPL, Linux
>might not have been Free.  Linus was aware of the GNU project, and it
>influenced his decision to make Linux Free.  (not to mention the fact that he
>might not have done it at all without GNU tools!)  Unlike Linux, there are a
>few Free projects out there that aren't that way because of RMS.  Actually,
>there are lots of people who think RMS sucks, and release their software
>under a BSD'ish license, such as nmap.
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>>Some console gaming story on /. (linux for PSX? doesn't matter...) linked 
>>to an
>>email of RMS where he claimed he couldnt understand why someone would want a
>>computer that was compleatly non-hackable... He said that he diddnt even 
>>know
>>of the existance of console gaming systems - not an unfamilarity with, a
>>compleate lack of knowladge of.
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> That's pretty funny.  He's like a monk in a cloister sometimes.
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Maybe he should be replaced with someone who knows how
to play Unreal Tournament, after all he only wrote the GPL.



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