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Re: [opensuse] Question about Free Software policies within the openSUSE Project
  • From: Matt Hayes <dominian@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2010 15:23:59 -0500
  • Message-id: <4D13AFDF.2010004@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 12/23/2010 3:21 PM, Michael S. Dunsavage wrote:
On 12/23/2010 02:30 PM, Matt Hayes wrote:
Since when does the FSF drive the project's focus?

openSUSE is not the only distribution that offers its users proprietary
non-OSS software via 3rd party mirrors/repositories.
Fedora/Ubuntu/CentOS are a few examples.

Let's be realistic now. While it would be great to have all Linux to be
non proprietary, it won't happen. With codecs and some drivers that are
needed to make some hardware and media to play, there has to be a
compromise. The FSF needs to come to it's senses and realize that there
has to be some room for compromise. Sadly, without some of the non-oss
software, Linux would not have come this far. Could you actually suggest
it to a friend for family member without it being able to play mp3's and
other media? Or if their computer has hardware that requires closed
source drivers, could you really suggest Linux to them if it won't work?

Well put Sir.

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