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Nobody knows Linux

In Computer Village, Nigeria, "linux" costs more than MS windows. Why? Simple: more CDs.


"The Linux community also has to get past the belief that Linux is mostly an alternative to other OSes. The Windows vs. Mac choice is between two silos that both do their best to lock customers in and maximize the dependencies of developers on proprietary platform SDKs and the like. Linux is not an alternative to any platform. It is an alterative to platforms themselves. It is the path to an open marketplace, not just another silo.

There's a great series of fake ads that Novell has put together recently, each a parody of the Apple ads where two guys represent a PC and a Mac. In these ads, Linux shows up in the form of a smart and attractive young woman. It's a brilliant twist away from the usual penguin representation. But it still makes the mistake of portraying Linux just as an alternative to other operating systems. It still lets Microsoft and Apple set conceptual limits for what you can do with a PC." -- Read more | Digg it

The next version of the Ubuntu distribution of GNU/Linux has been announced. In the announcement Mark Shuttleworth states:

...because Ubuntu 7.10 will feature a new flavour - as yet unnamed - which
takes an ultra-orthodox view of licensing: no firmware, drivers,
imagery, sounds, applications, or other content which do not include
full source materials and come with full rights of modification,
remixing and redistribution. There should be no more conservative home,
for those who demand a super-strict interpretation of the "free" in free

Some more good news come from Dell. It appears they are getting more serious about supporting GNU/Linux on desktops and laptops and they are even talking about prioritizing hardware with Free Software support over those with lack of it.

A recent blog entry on Direct2Dell blog indicates that Dell may be quite serious about the whole thing. It is interesting to note that the author, "Matt Domsch, Linux Software Architect", seems familiar with the Free Software philosophy, if nothing then subtly from a way he writes the word "Free". It is good to see that someone from one of the leading computer vendors actually gets what's going on in our community, sees the debate and in fact puts a reasonable amount of weight to the Free Software side.