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From: Dominic Sundar 
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http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/opensource/open-source-community-up-in-arms-over-proprietary-software-for-ubuntu/3998?tag=nl.e011&s

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=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ freedom of choice is what you got freedom from choice is what you want - Devo

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ I use the nvidia drivers (which Valve has been pushing to get much better) and most have been celebrating Steam for Linux, which is basically the same. I do think that proprietary will remain marginalized in Linux. I would however like to see more proprietary to open source models. A software project that starts proprietary (perhaps pay what you want with a minimum?) and says that when they hit $X,XXX it will be open sourced. Be nice if the ubuntu software center made it easy to tip/flattr/buy a beer for OSS projects. I like bounty systems for OSS as well. Sort of like kickstarter projects, but smaller features. Perhaps even a "I will donate $50 to the EFF if someone adds this feature" setup.

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Two things I can always count on people who promote themselves as spokesperson of the open source community being extremely good at. 1. Using the CLI. 2. Bitching about stuff not being open enough. If you don't want to use closed source software, then don't buy it. No one is forcing you to buy it. No one is forcing Ubuntu users to buy it. No one is forcing you to use Ubuntu. "What? You are releasing the software that you wrote under the GPL 2? What are you some sort of M$ Corporate Shill? You should be using the GPL 3. Trust me, I speak for *the* Open Source Community=99=AE=A9 - I am an ex= pert - and I know EXACTLY what YOU should do with YOUR software." *- Chad W. Smith* ) me. a e: arms-over-proprietary-software-for-ubuntu/3998?tag=3Dnl.e011&s

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ I left out "money-grubbing" and also a correction about calling it GNU/Linux and the spokesperson being Dick Stallman. *- Chad W. Smith* PL expert : ly a , te: -arms-over-proprietary-software-for-ubuntu/3998?tag=3Dnl.e011&s

=============================================================== From: James Nylen ------------------------------------------------------ I mostly agree with Chad. No, it's not 12/21 yet. While openness is important, you can't shove it down people's throats. They have to see the merit for themselves. I think the best way to promote openness is to show what can be done with it. Though not "perfectly" "open", the customized Android ROM community is a good example. GPL e: lly h a e r e ote: n-arms-over-proprietary-software-for-ubuntu/3998?tag=3Dnl.e011&s