[ubuntu-uk] New Linux website - Feedback? [was: ubuntu-uk Digest, Vol 67, Issue 28]

Alan Bell alan.bell at theopenlearningcentre.com
Thu Nov 18 16:29:41 GMT 2010

On 18/11/10 16:16, Sean Miller wrote:
> I do not actually agree with this, for the record.  I think that the
> Linux commitment to Free Open Source Software (not sure what the 'L'
> stands for in Mark's acronym)
it stands for Libre meaning freedom as opposed to the other sort of free 
which is means cheaper than cheap. That is the important meaning of 
Free, just in English the two meanings are expressed with one word, 
which is a bit unfortunate. The Liberty side of Free is what it is all 
about and that is where you will find the real business value of the 
software we are talking about. Personally I am not that fussed about 
making a Free platform for proprietary software developers to develop 
for. They can by all means do so if they want to, but it is their loss 
if they don't. I don't want to actively discourage proprietary vendors 
from targeting Ubuntu but I think the point in this instance is that 
there are loads of Free as in Liberty projects that do web forum answer 
tracking things and it might well be better to use one of them, 
improving it where necessary and contributing back the improvements.

That said, askubuntu.com (proprietary platform that it is) seems to be 
doing a pretty good job in this area.

Alan Bell
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