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Linux Shedding Indie Status is a Good Thing

Apr 22, 2010, 15:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

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"Having watched people advocate the Linux desktop for more than 10 years, it's always surprising to see the same people arguing against the things that will help bring Linux (and software freedom) to a larger audience. But like the fanboys who pine for the days before indie bands went to major labels, there's a loud minority in the Linux community protesting the commercial offerings that come along with success.

"Take for example Bruce Byfield, who complains in his review of Fedora 13 about the "troubling" addition of free software from corporate interests. Specifically the Zarafa collaboration suite and GNOME's Déjà Dup, which can back up user files to Amazon S3.

"Here's Byfield's complaint with the inclusion in Fedora of these packages:"

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