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Re: Why "free" shouldn't have to mean "complicated"

Good evening

You both are right. Thank you for your answers.

Matt Zimmerman was just telling me that free software is developed by
volunteers and that they do what they'd like to do. Well, I knew. And also I
knew that choosing Debian just an ideologic thing -- because it is really

I just thought that there should be a way to bring free software to more
people than only hard-core-developers. I thought that it too could be an aim
to coordinate development to do more than just the things that are the most
important for developers themselves (ISDN support if you want to use ISDN,
UDF if you want to write a CD like a HD -- if it is complicated or not
doesn't matter).

But in my opinion free software fails if it is only for geeks. Why not try
to coordinate development to make an easier installer? Why not bring to
people what you are working for so hard? I'm sure that there are people that
would like to make things simpler. I hope they will do so.

However, my proposal may be forgotten and free software may look for its own
little piece in world of hard core developers. I only hope that it won't and
it will be shown to all J. S.s on this world that there is still an other, a
free way -- and with working for users (not developers) you will hold what
you are dreaming of in your "social contract".

My services are offered.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Benoit Peccatte" <benoit.peccatte@enst-bretagne.fr>
To: <debian-project@lists.debian.org>
Cc: "Felix Steiner" <felix_steiner@bluewin.ch>
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2003 1:24 AM
Subject: Re: Why "free" shouldn't have to mean "complicated"

Le lun 05/05/2003 à 00:55, Matt Zimmerman a écrit :
> On Mon, May 05, 2003 at 12:54:07AM +0200, Felix Steiner wrote:
> > 3. Debian: Took the whole lot of installation-steps but didn't arrive at
> > end. However -- it crashed at the end.
> The thing to do when you have a problem is to file a bug report.
> debian-project is not the place for bug reports, especially for software
> other than Debian.
> http://www.debian.org/Bugs/Reporting
> contains instructions for reporting bugs.  The package name to use in this
> case is "boot-floppies".

After such an answer I thing Felix will never come back and try free
software. Not that your answer was not correct, it was. But he complains
about things not working automatically and the only answer we can give
him is "take your brain and your fingers and fill a bug report".
Is debian (and other projects) becoming like the octopus-like
administration ? "Got a problem, fill the yellow report", "To fill this
report you need to fill the 1456B first" ...

I think this is the last reason why the desktop-winwows-try-crash-
reboot-retry people won't want to install linux. However I don't know
how to address this.

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