on 6/11/01 6:49 PM, Jean Francois Martinez at email@example.com wrote: > Here is the second draft of Indy cover. I would like to have comments since > perhaps the tone is overly agressive > > JFM Here is another revised and clearer copy. Mostly grammatical changes. Darin Lang mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org My Web Sites: http://ChandelierShop.com http://KodiakLodge.com and Coming Soon----> http://YahooFarm.com
<ibid>IF Linux is a good thing, then it should be for everyone not just for an elite of technonerds</ibid> The free software spirit has always been about sharing, that is why Independence aims for a Linux usable by everyone. Linux has continued to be a system used mainly by programmers and geeks, while Windows has been the default OS adopted by the masses. Independence is a <emph>free</free> distribution whose emphasis is in making Linux usable by everyone. We aim to provide Linux for the desktop; for the home user; for the people who need a system simple to use, because they have to care for it themselves from day one without a teacher or a sysadmin for troubleshooting. <H2>Why another distribution</H2> We believe that both the commercial distributions and the present free distributions have inherent shortcomings for putting Linux on the desktop: the business model of commercial distributions naturally <ref><A>favors the server</A>limits#commercial</A> while the present free distributions are aristocratic ones made by peole who <b>care little</b> about putting Linux in the hands of everyone. That is why Indy aims to be a <emph>free </emph> distribution <emph>made by users</emph>, because they <ref><A>have a better understanding</A>examples of inadequacies</ref> of what their needs are than those who live in Linux strongholds. Because they know better than anyone what the problems they had were, we hope, they will be keener on trying to help others avoid them. <H2>Design goals</H2> You can have a more detailed text <REF>here<A>link to goals </ref> but they are basically three: help the user, propogate Linux broadly and liberate the user from Windows. There are also some don'ts in Indy: Indy does not do demagogics (things which impress the user but are useless) and we want devlopers always judging the usefulness of the feature they are introducing, rather than how smart they will look. <H2>We need <emph>you</emph></H2> Independence is a grass roots project, what it can do depends on what people do for it. Even if you are not a programmer you can help since there are plenty of tasks for non-programmers. What really matters is not programming skill but a genuine desire to help the Linux cause. If you dislike having 95% of computer users being trapped in Windows, if you would like to do something about it then join the Independence group.