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

Conrad Knauer atheoi at
Fri Oct 6 10:16:50 BST 2006

On 10/6/06, Chanchao <custom at> wrote:

> > > I didn't check the website this week, but I'm pretty sure the mission
> > > statement wasn't updated to 'Linux for FLOSS purists & command line
> > > wizards'.
> >
> > Certainly Ubuntu is trying as hard as possible to avoid the CLI for a
> > default install, but does say that Ubuntu
> > really is all about the FOSS:
> >
> > "Ubuntu is a free, open source Linux-based operating system"
> In this context (marketing to the general public), and without
> capitalizing the F in 'free', I think it's safe to assume that the
> intended message is 'no cost'.

"Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system [...] developed by
a large community [... which] is built on the ideas enshrined in the
Ubuntu Philosophy: that software should be available free of charge,
that software tools should be usable by people in their local language
and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom
to customise and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.
These freedoms make Ubuntu fundamentally different from traditional
proprietary software: not only are the tools you need available free
of charge, you have the right to modify your software until it works
the way you want it to."

"the right to modify" ~~ Software Libre.


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