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Giving Thanks For FOSS

Nov 26, 2009, 11:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Lake)

"There are many things I can say I'm thankful for in the FOSS world. The first would be Linux, a free operating system with no strings attached. Sure, it's got its quirks, but what OS doesn't? And despite any shortcomings it may have, it gives me a freedom to choose, to do things my way, to go places no corporately funded OS would allow you to.

"I'm thankful for source code. While I may only be able to make use of a tiny portion of it, namely those languages and applications I can understand, and thus edit and modify myself, there are others who can, and thus can help me do things with a program that no closed source, corporately controlled application would allow me to do.

"I'm thankful for the programmers and developers who work so hard on the hundreds of thousands of applications used in the FOSS and Linux worlds, including the distros, the background applications and more. I'm thankful for the freedom to agree, or disagree with those same said programmers, or any member of the FOSS community, on the direction a given application or distro is taken."

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