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osOpinion: The Next Step for Linux Advocacy

Apr 14, 2001, 12:00 (17 Talkback[s])
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[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"After having seen too many examples of Linux advocacy gone wrong, I'd like to share the skills that I've managed to acquire over the years while advocating my preferred platform."

"A major problem for Linux advocacy is showing that attributes are within a GNU/Linux configuration as opposed to the setup that the advocating party currently has. Such commonly used little terms as 'but it's free!?' don't carry much weight when you realize that the software they have now is 'free' (as in beer) because it's been paid for already."

"Free as in speech is useful only to (or at least primarily so) to those individuals that alter the OS code. The average home user not only doesn't read, but doesn't even care what the EULA for his software says -- as these people couldn't care less that the source code for Microsoft Windows is proprietary."

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