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New GNU/Linux distribution UTUTO-e
By brian, Section News
Posted on Fri Apr 16th, 2004 at 10:35:20 GMT
UTUTO-e is a new distribution of GNU/Linux using only free software. The distribution provides a complete desktop environment, and comes in two versions (optimized for high and low-performance systems). UTUTO-e supports Spanish, Portuguese and English, and is developed in Argentina by Daniel Olivera. Details from the Ututo-e website.


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[new] Interesting (#1)
by alex (#9) on Fri Apr 16th, 2004 at 13:03:32 GMT
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Every time a 100% free software distribution comes out, they tend to come from the Spanish-speaking parts of the world. Although, this appears to be based on Gentoo for a change (usually people use Debian as a base).

It will be interesting to see if it is accepted as completely free software. For example, it supports Flash and has Mplayer built in - mplayer is GPL but slightly dodgy, and I would like to see how they've implemented Flash support.

It looks like a worthwhile system though. In terms of applications available, it seems similar to the Debian-based UserLinux (i.e., making choices and giving you certain GNU apps, rather than distributing everything). If it's not 100% free software, it looks very close.

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[new] Which definition of software are they using? (#6)
by a member of the hurd (#-1) on Sun Apr 18th, 2004 at 13:24:18 GMT

i.e. do they contain GFDL and other non-free documentation? What about those 'firmware' blobs?

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[new] What is 'software'? (#11)
by alex (#9) on Tue Apr 20th, 2004 at 19:43:27 GMT
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> Well, when we are speaking about a distribution,
> then we normaly speak about software i.e. parts
> you can find on a CD or download. I do not really
> care what you put on paper besides it.

If you think anything storable in electronic form is software, then you immediately have a problem because not all forms are equal. Worse than that, it ignores potential problems outside the eletronic realm - for example, is a document that you cannot copy onto paper a "free" document? It shouldn't be, but if you only consider the document as "software" then you're missing a big part of the picture.

As an example, look at music. Music is treated differently to literary works in law (there is no such thing as mechanical/performance rights in software) which must be addressed for a song to be a "free" song. Your freedom to edit and modify is a song is curtailed by what is actually possible - it's much harder to alter than software. To treat music and software the same is to over-generalise, even though there is a lot of commonality between the two. And if you over-generalise, you lose important details.

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