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

“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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