Freespire's Google ads: "What is Ubuntu Missing?"

Alexander Jacob Tsykin stsykin at
Tue Oct 3 09:11:57 BST 2006

On 10/3/06, Joel Bryan Juliano <joelbryan.juliano at> wrote:
> Competition brings innovation, however, Freespire's way competition
> depends on proprietary codecs and applications which does not bring
> innovation towards open source software, Freespire's unethical aspersion is
> for the sake of their market share.
> I see, Ubuntu is the true competitor here.

both are true competitors. You cannot have a competition without at least
two competitors. Additionally, I see nothing unethical in what freespire
have done. If you read their advertisement, they nowhere make any aspersions
about Ubuntu, instead they merely say what they do well. I would nto sue
freespire because I find that the very minor hastle of installing the
proprietary software I need to make Ubuntu fully functional (for me) is not
a problem, and I don't think that itis a major strength for freespire that
this is unnecessary. Nevertheless, they are entitled to advertise it.

Honestly, I cannot believe the flamewar that has sprung up as a result of
this advertisment. It shoudl not ahve been such a big deal. It is one page
on the freespire wiki that more than likely very few people will ever see.
Everybody, please get over it, and lets all discuss something more
interesting, like the weather.


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