Is Ubuntu commited to free software?

Martin Owens doctormo at
Thu Jun 10 17:50:03 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 18:32, David Schlesinger
<lefty at> wrote:
> I disagree: these "politics" are part of "free software", not "open
> source software". There's nothing in the OSI Definition dictating that
> you remove the option to use non-open source software from users if
> that's their choice. Feel free to point out where I've missed it, if
> you believe it's in there.

These politics weren't striped out of the OSI they were transformed and
re-communicated as practical and level headed thinking. Just because
someone is talking about freedom doesn't mean their a raving loon who
toes the FSF party line, they might just be concerned for their own
practical application of technology.

No need to jump down their throat about it David.

On Thu, 2010-06-10 at 13:18 -0400, Dan Trevino wrote:
> 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. 

+1, I see far too much uninformed backlash. At least Scott K was right
with the assertion that these blobs are bugs to be fixed not ghosts to
be exorcised (as the FSF may have you do) but no need to go wild with
'politics is bad' memes.


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