Harish Narayanan said on Fri, May 07, 2004 at 12:03:03PM -0400,:
A primary reason they aren't as wide spread are
because of societal inertia,
Do I want it installed? No.
Do I need it installed? Not really.
Am I one of the 210 million who paid for it anyway? Yes.
Did I have much of a choice? Yes and no.
You had a choice, did not exercise it, and blame `intertia'?
Huh?? Did you say `What about the greenbacks I paid?'? We have a
restrictive trade practises law much stronger than that of US of A.
I could have tried really hard to find a company that
Inertia, is the word.
The largest and oldest hardware-cum-software vendor in the world
supports GNU/Linux on their PCs. May be you did not ask the right
RedHat is a major supporter of many free software
and doesn't ship anything proprietary with
Not very sure of that. Maybe, going by hearsay, this holds good for
the free-as-in-beer version of RH which we used to get till sometime
back. Cannot say the same for the paid version. I have not used the
paid version, so dunno. Hope somebody will clarify on whether paid
isos from RH contain non-free binaries.
Tha apart, a major component of the RPM system is considered non-free
by Debian since its license imposes burdens on users.
I respect them for this,
Mahesh T. Pai, LL.M.,
'NANDINI', S. R. M. Road,