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Re: gEDA-user: Free Dog meetings at MIT starting this September!
On Aug 16, 2004, at 2:33 PM, Svenn Are Bjerkem wrote:
Sigh. Free software has been the way of the UNIX world for
Stallman *rode* it...he didn't invent it.
Free as in what? Beer or speach?
Free as in beer.
Most HW manufacturers gave the OS away with
the machine because the customer paid so much anyway.
I'm talking about non-OS stuff.
I think it was when
No, I'm not talking about loud-mouthed evangelism, I'm talking about
"software that you can get for free". Heck, even in the non-UNIX
world, twenty years ago, I was getting everything I needed in the DEC
world for free through DECUS, which acted as a clearinghouse and
exchange point for software for DEC machines (PDP-11, VAX,
etc)...circuit simulation software, document formatters, utilities,
language compilers, etc.
Amdahl started making cheap IBM lookalikes that big blue decided that
would not give away something that could be used on cheaper hardware.
be that I am wrong, but name a couple of pre-Stallman names that
speach software the way he do. If they exist, they need to come out in
great wide open.
As a big name, Kermit comes to mind. It's been free since day one
(and still is), and has been around for decades.
By the way, the printer driver problem that he wanted to solve hasn't
Yes I've run into this too. My biggest pet peeve has been the
scourge of "WinPrinters" floating around on the market, and the people
who were clueless enough to buy them. I've not tried recently, but as
of maybe a year ago I've had no luck whatsoever in getting any of them
working when helping people get the %*@#$% out of Microsoft's
stranglehold on their wallets.
much. Installing a printer on a linux machine is still the most
of getting rid of MS Windows from the desktop.
Dave McGuire "...it's a matter of how tightly
Cape Coral, FL you pull the zip-tie." -Nadine Miller