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Linux.com: Juneteenth: It's All About Freedom

Jun 20, 2004, 07:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"I'm partial to freedom, for myself and for others. I don't mean in any way to diminish the horrific condition of slavery that many endured prior to the Emancipation Proclamation, but there are more than a couple of similarities between the slaves in Texas and the bondage that many Windows customers find themselves in today, like the fact that both were freed long before they knew it.

"Abraham Lincoln didn't write a proclamation of freedom for Windows users, but Richard Stallman did. Union troops led by General Granger haven't shown up to make Microsoft customers aware of the proclamation, but Linus Torvalds and free software hackers around the world have. Thanks to them, most Windows users can enjoy freedom from proprietary software today simply by switching to GNU/Linux..."

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