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OfB.biz: Free Software Does Matter

Sep 18, 2002, 01:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eduardo Sánchez G.)

[ Thanks to Timothy R. Butler for this link. ]

"Tim here has a point, and an important one. When one has to face questions of life and death, and seek what is really important and transcendental; in short, when one has to make out the real worth of one's life, most of the questions debated by the OfB.biz or GNU/Linux communities seem absurdly petty and bizantine beyond redemption. However, not everything is as it seems. Right, a lot of our pursuits fade in comparison to what was reminded to us on last year's September 11. What can be so important as to take a place among the sorrow of lost lives, the awe for the grace and peace amidst the tears, the outrage and the cry for justice of the victims, and the unbelievable heroism of both public servants and private citizens?

"As petty and irrelevant as they might seem, the questions mentioned by Tim, I contend, are yet important. Even, I mean, very important. Whether GNOME or KDE is better--well, you know, of course KDE is better ;)--or whether Rik van Riel's or Andrea Arcangeli's 2.4 VM is the best one, or whether Linus Torvalds was right in using BitKeeper as a developing tool for Linux, all these are important questions because their importance is derived from the milieu in which they were asked..."

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