fedora + mono, any plans for ubuntu?

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at optusnet.com.au
Mon Jan 16 18:37:33 GMT 2006

On Mon, 16 Jan 2006 09:54:19 +0100

Hi Quim,

Quim Gil <qgil at desdeamericaconamor.org> wrote:

> > Sadly, human nature being as it is, I suspect the trend will continue to
> > be to grab as much as possible.
> Don't mix human nature with luxury and consummerism hype. Entire human
> societies have been taking just what they needed for ages, and nowadays
> most of the human population is doing just the same (but they don't hit
> the prime time unless there is blood or a media traveller visiting them).
> We are developing free software 'for human beings'. For all of them, not
> only for the minority living in (current) consummerist societies.

<snipped other stuff I mostly agree with >

I actually *agree with you* - which is why I said "sadly". You're quite
right, and I fully agree that keeping things small, efficient, and as
generally usable as possible for the greatest number of people is the best
way to go.

If you've followed the list, for example you will see that I'm in favour
of keeping i386/i486 compatibility, especially for LTSP and those who
can't afford new machines. I have also chipped in to encourage developers
to consider dial-up users , and so on.

i also was attracted to Ubuntu by the meaning of that word, and the
opportunity to contribute in some small way to humanity.

So, my comment was not intended to imply that "consumerism" was
inevitable. In fact, I believe that Ubuntu should continue to have the
philosophy that "Small is Beautiful", and consider the needs of those who
do not live in consumerist societies, or who lack access to luxurious
things like high speed internet access.



Unix is hard to learn. The process of learning it is one of multiple small
epiphanies. -- Neal Stephenson

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