[oclug] Xandros releases Open Circulation Edition
Francis J. A. Pinteric
linuxdoctor at linuxdoctor.biz
Thu Jun 10 12:49:21 EDT 2004
On Thu, 10 Jun 2004 10:42:43 -0400
"Kevin MacPherson" <kevinm at xandros.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Jun 2004 10:09:21 -0400, Francis J. A. Pinteric
> <linuxdoctor at linuxdoctor.biz> wrote:
> > 1. They don't like the idea of having to pay for upgrades to GPL
> > software.
> They don't have to. The choice is theirs to make.
> We provide a subscription service for QA'd packages which will
> eventually find itself to the free source anyway.
> Many companies provide this including Slashdot for advanced viweing of
I'm just reporting what I read. There were one or two posts that
endevoured to correct that misconception but it seems to have fallen on
> > 2. They object to the license, but what else is new.
> To be expected.
Is there a license out there that people *don't* object to? I doubt it.
> > 3. They don't like the idea that Xandros is calling itself 'famous.'
> > There was quite a chuckle over that one.
> But we are people are talking are they not?
That makes you famous? People talk about me all the time, but I
wouldn't go so far as to say I'm famous. Infamous perhaps, famous no.
;-) Fame is far too ordinary a commodity for me to be interested in it.
> > 4. They don't like the fact that it tries to appeal to Windoze idea
> > of"user friendly." In fact they don't like the whole idea of trying
> > to appeal to Windows users at all.
> Someone has to otherwise why would they convert?
Well, that is a whole can of worms right there, isn't it? It has been
argued that people are smart enough to be able to figure out practically
any user interface with a minimum of effort. I personally don't hold the
mere human such high regard.
> > 5. They don't userstand why it uses ad laden Opera for the browser
> > and not Mozilla.
> Business descision, doesn't mean they cannot install Mozilla after
> they install.
Ah, that ugly word again. Business. In any case, I tend to remove
Mozilla myself in any case and grab a lighter weight browser, like
> > 6. They don't like the idea that somebody is actually trying to make
> > money from linux.
> What commercial distribution isn't? I thought that what the purpose of
> a business was for.
Yes, this particular comment was rather strange.
> > 7. I saw one or two complaints that Xandros was not an American
> > company.
> But we are. Most of the development happens in Ottawa but the head
> office is in New York ;)
> But others will complain we are an American company once they found
Yes, people lilke me! Ausländer Raus!
Acutally, it's not big deal for me. I just wish there were a Canadian
distro out there that was up to snuff compared to the others.
> > 8. Quite a few thought that the source to the GPL'd software was not
> > being made available.
> > Whether these complaints are valid or not I cannot say., but they
> > are out there.
> Where are these complaints being made?
> No reference of the source.
On slashdot. Somebody posted an announcement of the latest Xandros
release and the complaints started right away. There were some congrats,
praises and cudos, but from the survey I took, the complaints
outnumbered the praises by a significant margin.
Just because humans have the the ability to speak
does not mean that they possess a higher intelligence,
as the content of what they talk about amply demonstrates.
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