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Re: [vox] Fun thread on 'FOSS community attitudes' over on SF-LUG



On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 3:44 AM, Bill Kendrick <nbs@sonic.net> wrote:
>
> A discussion of "FOSS community attitudes."
>
>  http://linuxmafia.com/pipermail/sf-lug/2008q4/005684.html
>
>
> I'm enjoying reading Rick Moen's responses, particularly...
> He put a number of things into real-world perspectives, e.g.:
>
>  "...it's not a foregone conclusion that users of open source users
>  broadly share _any_ [specific objectives], let alone all of them.
>  Personally, I don't (particularly) seek unity of purpose with others who
>  choose to use the same software I do, care only very distantly whether
>  users generally have 'an alternative to proprietary software', ... "
>
> and:
>
>  "All that [results when a hardware vendor decides to release drivers]
>  is some proprietary binary-only sludge with zero hardware documentation
>  or sample code, which then briefly works (often i386-only) and then
>  breaks unfixably after the first time the kernel's internal interfaces change.
>
>  "And then the Nvidia executive says 'See?  This is what we get when we
>  try to be nice to Linux users', and they refuse to deal with the matter
>  again for at least another five years."
>
>
> Sadly, I have not had time to RTFAs mentioned in the thread.
> Not sure I need to at this point, though. ;)
>
> --
> -bill!
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"Binary-only sludge" That's a line to remember :-)

cheers,
Sameer
-- 
Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA
http://verma.sfsu.edu/
http://opensource.sfsu.edu/
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