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Re: [opensuse] Question about Free Software policies within the openSUSE Project
  • From: Kostas Boukouvalas <boukouvalas@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2010 23:50:55 +0200
  • Message-id: <4D13C43F.9060001@xxxxxxxxx>
Στις 23/12/2010 09:30 μμ, ο/η Matt Hayes έγραψε:

Since when does the FSF drive the project's focus?

It doesn't. I just make a suggestion and create - for anyone who has Christmas (or Gravmass) time to share - a talk.

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.

Yes, indeed this is true. openSUSE is not the only one that offers proprietary non-OSS software via 3rd party mirrors/repositories. Also is the one of two biggest players in GNU/Linux distribution market that have community projects with history back to the cataclysm and the very very strongest distributions in the FLOSS world, SUSE and Redhat.

Although Novell is to blame for a lot of things through computer history, SUSE (SLED) still exists under the new holders and in my personal opinion is the best enterprise GNU/Linux distribution. It is a hybrid of Free and Proprietary Software and is efficient, stable and good to use. So anyone can download the evaluation edition or buy it for $120 and use it. A computer user that do not cares for freedom, ethics and politics and about updating all the time the system but wants efficiency and stability would find the evaluation edition OK as well.

But, why having openSUSE as another hybrid of Free and Proprietary Software when we have already one and this is affordable even in these difficult financial times we live in?

If a user wants a free as in free beer GNU/Linux distribution that's easy to use and runs all the hardware she can have SLED as well. So, I think that openSUSE project is struggling to create something that already exists.

But as you already know the meaning of Free Software doesn't refer to price but to freedom.We can also sell (as we do) at our Free Software product. Attachmate could also offer a package with both SLED & openSUSE for people who want to try both the hybrid and the free software version.

The most hot topic now for everyday computer use are not screens, mouses, keyboards, touchpads, winmodems (obsolete) or sound devices. Are wi-fi, infrared 3d graphics and bluetooth drivers, cameras, usb sticks. I could be a developer my self and stop the blah blah and write some code, so blame also me, but what in the world if already existing developers prefer to inject proprietary source code inside GNU/Linux instead of writing new? Of course we can't beat the vendors and computer devices industry speed but this is hacking is all about. Creating new pathways in order everybody can use computers and share the human knowledge.

P.S. I support both FSF and LF and I'm not dogmatic.
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