Is Ubuntu commited to free software?

Dan Trevino dantrevino at
Thu Jun 10 17:18:52 UTC 2010

I find it interesting that every time someone who obviously has an
interest in Free Software proposes some ways that Ubuntu can be more
free, they are immediately attacked as being part of some elist group,
making "demands" on others, and have their concerns dismissed as only
being of interest to the FSF or some miniscule part of the community.

I dont believe the original email made any demands.  Only suggestions
on how things can be made better.

I'm not suggesting that *individuals* that advocate free software have
always been without blame in some of their communications.  But its
time to evaluate the suggestions on their merits, without attacking
the group or individual.

As Scott suggested (repeatedly) there _may_ be bugs.  Address them as
bugs.  Demand patches even.

But its time to quit being so defensive.

It sometimes feels like someone who would propose a way to make Ubuntu
more proprietary would be more welcome with their suggestions than the
people who would like to see it more free.

Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Open Standards!

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