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Re: Debian? Not true GNU/Linux?? Say it isn't so!

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Hal Vaughan wrote:
| On Thursday 03 April 2008, Chris Walters wrote:
|> Ron Johnson wrote:
|> | On 04/03/08 15:39, Ivan Savcic wrote:
|> |> On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 10:03 PM, Ron Johnson
|> |> <ron.l.johnson@cox.net> wrote:
|> <snip>
|> |>>  That smells of elitism.  (Not that I mind...)
|> |>
|> |> No, it's just you can't have all. It's a matter of compromise. A
|> |> "pick two" game, if you wish. And Debian simply can't please
|> |> everyone. The point is, why be bothered by that? Debian set it's
|> |> goals and a corresponding target group was gathered around them.
|> |> And a good one, if you ask me.
|> |
|> | Because it's "elitist" to not want to please all the people all the
|> | time...
|> No, it is elitist to say, "Debian is the only good distribution, the
|> only truly GNU/Linux distribution worth having.  All others are for
|> the uneducated masses, who don't care about being right.  We are
|> smarter and better than they are, because we choose Debian - all hail
|> the mighty Debian!"
| According to St. IGNUcious himself (aka RMS), at a talk I saw him give
| last Thursday, Debian isn't a true GNU/Linux distro because it includes
| non-free software.
| I'm not saying I agree with him on this, but it is his opinion that
| there are only a few truly free distros out there.  He named them and
| I've forgotten them, but they were not any names I recognized or had
| heard of before and I'm familiar with at least the top 25-50 names.
| Hal

You can see them listed on the gnu.org website (the supposedly only true
GNU/Linux distributions).  To be on that list, you have to only offer pure open
source GPL'ed software, yada yada.  I didn't recognize any of them, either and
I periodically look at DistroWatch to see if there are any new ones that will
allow me to rule the world! lol.

Seriously, that is a bit too open source purist for most people, as most people
want choices - I'd bet that the majority of the users of those other distros
(all two of them), download and use non-free software.



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