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Bruce Perens Comments on Lindows Issues
By jonas, Section News
Posted on Mon Apr 15th, 2002 at 15:20:33 GMT
Last week, Bradley Kuhn (Vice President of the FSF) contacted representatives from the company Lindows regarding missing source code from their "sneak preview" of their Lindows distribution. Today, Bruce Perens has written an open letter to Lindows CEO Michael Robertson.

 

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Bruce Perens Comments on Lindows Issues | 6 comments (6 topical, editorial) | Post A Comment
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by satai (#156) on Tue Apr 16th, 2002 at 00:31:43 GMT
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I don't think I've ever really been a big fan of Lindows. The non-disclosure agreements, rebranding of software, concentration on running proprietary Windows applications... It all reeks of one of those get-rich-quick pyramid schemes. michaelr is right, they have done a great deal for the community - he enumerates these points in his interview - but that should not be viewed as a bribe to the community to allow him to violate the GPL. The GPL does not have any provisions about release-type, etc, only about distribution.

Frankly, I think this particular distribution is more of a hindrance than a help - money and code aside, the major contribution they have given is the "Linux just wants to be Windows!" impression they've helped cement in the press. Thanks, but no thanks.


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