Invitation to ubuntu developers

Steven Harms thisdyingdream at
Fri Nov 24 23:31:45 GMT 2006

I believe the novell / microsoft treatise trumps any proprietary driver
debacle.  Thanks anyway,

Everyone rational

On 11/24/06, Shark Muddleworth <shark.muddleworth at> wrote:
> Canonical's recent decision to include proprietary GPL violating
> drivers in the default install, circumventing the copyright framework
> clearly articulated in the GPL has sent shockwaves through the
> community. If you are an ubuntu developer who is concerned about the
> long term consequences of this fact, you may be interested in opensuse
> We would be happy to help people who want to join the openSUSE
> community - in any capacity, including developers and package
> maintainers. If you want to find out how openSUSE works you can
> communicate with the community (see
> A special introductory session is
> being organised for mid December, watch this space.
> openSUSE is structured to empower our community to get things done,
> and to maximise the opportunity for collaboration between teams that
> share a common vision. Such tools as the openSUSE build service
> ( help empower our community.
> If you have an interest in being part of a vibrant community that
> cares about keeping free software widely available and protecting the
> rights of people to get it free of charge, free to modify, free of GPL
> violations, and focussing on creating the most usable Free software
> desktop, then please do join us.
> I know that posting this message to an ubuntu list will be
> trolling^WControversial. I'm greatly respectful of the long tradition
> of excellence in the Ubuntu product and community and have no desire
> to undermine that with this post. That said, I think the position
> taken by Ubuntu leadership in their inclusion of non-gpled kernel
> modules linked to the GPLed kernel is disrespectful of the
> contributions of thousands of GPL kernel programmers and contributors
> to Ubuntu, and I know that many are looking for a new place to get
> involved that is not subject to the same arbitrary executive
> intervention. openSUSE is one option, as are Fedora, gnewsense other
> communities. Please accept this mail in that spirit.
> Some openSUSE members
> _
> Disclaimer:
> Response to,
> intended to highlight the inappropriateness of the original mail.
> Although based on facts, the above content is intended satirical and
> not to attack ubuntu or offend.
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