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Re: non-free?

fredag 26. mars 2004, 12:29, skrev Hilaire Fernandes:
> Can't the non-free software be moved in an additionnal non-free
> CD-ROM? That way we could keep happy everyone.

Would it? This is not about happy. It's about suitability. If the 
teacher loses the CD, they will find the correct CD, not the #2. One CD 
is easy to distribute in a computer magazine. The one CD strategy is 
about simplicity. 

When introducing 2 or more CD's we complicate the road to or main goal. 
Instead of just installing the system, we have to switch CD's and so 
on. We get stuck in questions about how to download two CD. The 
voluntary  acceptance of Skolelinux should give us some credit here :-)


Why this choice? We have some experience with what questions we will get 
if we introduce an other CD just because of some political issues. We 
don't want that kind of questions because we have a greater cause. We 
aren't against a lot of software vendors, we are strongly committed to 
support free software and spread it out. 

Opera shows how to include others that don't follows the open source 
business model. Every time somebody attack Skolelinux to be to 
idealistic and bad for business in a MS FUD-way (and believe me they do 
even if their own job is more in jeopardy bacause of huge governmental 
tax-cuts which cut's a lot of jobs in public sector), we just answer 
that Microsoft is invited to do the same as Opera: to make their 
product runnable on Free Software with open standards. 

We don't know why this is so difficult for a company with Microsoft 
resources when a small Norwegian company does it? In our perspective 
the Microsoft-FUD will be stopped at the doorstep and we can advance 
further with installing Skolelinux beyond the Windows-Joe's objections. 
In that way it's more easy to fight down the local ICT-managers who are 
more interested in doing their job for Microsoft than for their users 

We are not against everybody else. We are strongly supporter of free 
software to solve the needs in education. We have some ideas and 
practice on the methods in doing that without a lot of external effort 
with almost no money. In that respect I think the advice from Petter 
and Andreas should be followed. In that way we don't confirme the 
Windows-Joe's  loudmouthed FUD by enforce unpractialities when 
distributing the Skolelinux CD. We just ask the question why Microsoft 
don't when Opera does?

The most important question for us just now is to close bugs ... I cant 
see your name in the effort in making Skolelinux better with testing 
and bug-squashing activities. You effort will be appreciated!


- Knut Yrvin
Projectmanager Skolelinux Norway

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