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RMS's Mostly Slax: Bad choices in a good cause

Feb 16, 2010, 21:33 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Free distributions -- ones that contain only free and open source software, and remove proprietary blobs from the kernel -- are a rarity. In fact, the GNU Project lists only nine.

"For that reason, I was immediately interested in the announcement of RMS's Mostly Slax, a project dedicated to putting a free distribution on a USB pendrive.

"Unfortunately, while focusing on freedom, the project defeats its own purpose, because it doesn't bother to make that freedom very attractive, especially for new users.

"The title of the distribution explains its origins: RMS's Mostly Slax is named for Richard M. Stallman, and is based on Slax, one of the oldest and most popular derivatives of Slackware. The distro is currently available as a zipped file that you can use to create a bootable USB pendrive on which you can save files, or as an .ISO image that you can use as a Live CD to explore the distribution. Either choice works without problems, and quickly boots you to a desktop whose default wallpaper shows a herd of gnus"

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