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Is Ubuntu the Barack Obama of Linux?

Oct 29, 2008, 06:01 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Maguire)

"And take a look at gNewSense, the Linux distro that touts its absolute Free software purity. GNewSense, which is based on Ubuntu, removes every last line of proprietary code -- it includes not a scintilla of help with pesky closed source drivers. (Unlike Ubuntu, which acknowledges that the world is full of closed source drivers.) The Distrowatch ranking parks gNewSense all the way down at No. 51.

"But wait. Isn't the low ranking of the hyper-pure gNewSense counterintuitive? After all, there's a deep strain of ideological purity in the Linux community. The night I interviewed Richard Stallman -- the very heart and soul of GNU/Linux -- he described being on a speaking engagement in Spain. His host offered him a CD of local music. But Stallman wouldn't accept it -- because the tunes were copy-protected. Wow, that's purity. Thank goodness someone is standing up for the spirit of GNU/Linux freedom. If we start listening to Flamenco guitar on copy-restricted discs, what's next? The downfall of Western Civilization?"

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