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Re: gEDA-user: Free Dog meetings at MIT starting this September!

On Monday 16 August 2004 09:18, Dave McGuire wrote:
>    Sigh.  Free software has been the way of the UNIX world for decades.  
> Stallman *rode* it...he didn't invent it.

Free as in what? Beer or speach? Most HW manufacturers gave the OS away with 
the machine because the customer paid so much anyway. I think it was when 
Amdahl started making cheap IBM lookalikes that big blue decided that they 
would not give away something that could be used on cheaper hardware. It may 
be that I am wrong, but name a couple of pre-Stallman names that fronted free 
speach software the way he do. If they exist, they need to come out in the 
great wide open.

By the way, the printer driver problem that he wanted to solve hasn't improved 
much. Installing a printer on a linux machine is still the most tedious part 
of getting rid of MS Windows from the desktop.