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Groklaw: Freespire: A Linux Distro For When You Couldn't Care Less About Freedom

Apr 25, 2006, 21:15 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

"Here's something nauseating. Linspire has announced at the 4th Annual Desktop Linux Summit their latest 'We'd like to make money from the community's free stuff without honoring community values' strategy. They hope you'll help them compromise by contributing to Freespire, which the article describes as a 'community-driven distro' that includes proprietary software. Um...what community is that? More mangling of the language to pervert and confuse--Free Software isn't about proprietary drivers, bub. Here's how they try to inspire you to sell out, from the Freespire website:

"Freespire is a community-driven, Linux-based operating system that combines the best that free, open source software has to offer (community driven, freely distributed, open source code, etc.), but also provides users the choice of including proprietary codecs, drivers and applications as they see fit..."

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