[Linux-aus] Why we love Open Source and Free Software

Glen Turner glen.turner at aarnet.edu.au
Tue Jan 30 07:49:02 UTC 2007

James Purser wrote:
> Okay I've created a new menu entry: "About Linux" which points to the
> makethemove website. A reciprocal link would be nice ;)

[ I'm not being critical here. God knows I've written my share
  of "carefully worded statements" in my time. ]

I go to linux.org.au, click "about linux and open source" and
I get some angels-on-the-head-of-a-pin eyes-glaze-over explanation
of the internicine warfare between Linux, GNU/Linux, free software
and open source software.  Don't even get a download link, despite
that being the first step we'd like people to take.

Not engaging, not motivating.  Comparison to Firefox and OOo
websites interesting.

I quite like Jeff's idea of "why I like FOSS" as a hook to drag
people in. Although unlike Jeff I would limit it to "Linux"
(in the distribution sense, not in the kernel sense: I don't love
Linux because of its CPU scheduler, although I do appreciate it).

My 2c, probably best ignored,

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