being usefull for Ubuntu: vote for Ubuntu

Derek Broughton news at
Mon Sep 17 13:42:21 UTC 2007

Steve Lamb wrote:

> Derek Broughton wrote:
>>> Yeah, and that's sad. All the completely free distros will still have
>>> problems with the resulting laptop.
>> Why?  Do you think that because Ubuntu ships with some restricted
>> drivers,
>> Lenovo will build a machine that uses them (it may...)?  Ubuntu can still
>> be used to create a _completely_ free desktop environment, so your
>> statement is at best unproven.
>     Completely free except for any proprietary drivers needed to make the
> laptop's various parts functional.  The many, many sites dedicated to
> linux laptop compatibility and installation pretty much supports his
> statement.

Which part of my post was so difficult for you to understand?  You can STILL
create a COMPLETELY free desktop environment, with Ubuntu.  Lenovo's the
_hardware_ builder.  They don't need to include hardware requiring
proprietary drivers.  The point is that it's irrelevant whether the OS
includes proprietary drivers by default, because whether you need them or
not is driven by the hardware selection.  

If you want to pressure Lenovo to use purely free software, you have to
pressure them to use the right hardware.  Whether or not the software is
Ubuntu doesn't even enter into that equation.

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