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

Shawn McMahon smcmahon at
Tue Oct 10 16:43:46 BST 2006

On Mon, Oct 09, 2006 at 02:36:36PM +0700, Chanchao said:
> Gawd, the eternal cop-out..  "If you don't like it here, feel free to go 
> somewhere else.".

THAT would be a cop-out.  However, "if you don't like a basic underlying
philosophical basis of the entire project, and there's another project
that has one more to your liking, you should go there" isn't.

Would it be a copout if somebody said "we should rip out all the GPL
stuff and replace it with proprietary code, and then we should make it
look exactly like Windows and run all Windows apps with bug-for-bug
compatibility with Windows, and charge $200 a pop for it", and you were
told "dude, that's Windows; go use Windows if you want Windows, we don't
need two?"

> I do however care about Ubuntu and discussing ways of making it EASIER 
> and BETTER than any other operating system out there.

It can't be easier and better and cheaper and more free at every single
task than every single other OS out there, because some of those things
are mutually contradictory for some tasks.  If you want it to be more
free than Windows, it's going to be more difficult or more expensive to
do some things.  Ditto for most other combinations of those adjectives,
not even counting the fact that "easier" is somewhat measurable,
"cheaper" is easily measurable, "more free" is a matter of expert
opinion on which large bodies of very smart people can't agree, and
"better" is a total wash logic-wise.

   Shawn McMahon    | 
   EIV Consulting   | Peace is a symptom of victory. | 
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