Replacing network-offline (old version 2xmonitor) with NM wlan 0% signal strength icon

Vincenzo Ciancia ciancia at
Fri Mar 20 12:36:45 UTC 2009

On 20/03/2009 Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
> That's a reasonable complaint, but not an easy one to address. OEMs
> don't want to give their hardware competitors any ideas prematurely

Come on! That's the opposite of the spirite of free software - or at 
least of open source. Closed-source companies too, do not want to give 
their competitors any ideas,  be it prematurely or not, that's how they 
laugh in your face when you propose them open strategies.

If they publish their results, chances are that some expert will be able 
to referee their work and eventually publish a critic comment; and maybe 
that would outline some mistake in the studies and then convince 
everybody that a certain design is not such a good idea as it seemed 
from the OEM study. That's quite in the spirit of open-* and we should 
try to stick to this attitude rather than justifying what will be wrong 
for the entire community.

This is not meant to accuse you or canonical in any way; perhaps I just 
want to point out the obvious: how it looks like on our 
free-software-enthusiasts side.


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