Linux laptops, revisited (can any sleep like my PowerBook does?)

Justin Findlay justin at
Mon Jan 21 10:21:26 MST 2008

On AD 2008 January 20 Sunday 04:43:00 PM -0700, Levi Pearson wrote:
> Religion and principles are often tied together, since religion is a

Yes, often, perhaps but there are many things to be principled about
that aren't religious.  I don't understand why you wish to construe this
as religious.

> You may call it a principle based on reason, but I suspect that it is
> in fact a principle based on taking the edicts of the Free Software
> Foundation on faith, making it essentially religious in nature.  The
> whole good vs. evil dichotomy that the Free Software Foundation sets
> up certainly smacks of religion to me, as does the attitude Free
> Software adherents tend to have towards commercial, non-Free software.

PLUG is ostensibly about Linux and Free Software.  Perhaps the FSF has
become passé and it is popular to disparage them.  I know you wouldn't
necessarily do that without good reason, but neither do I believe
blindly in the edicts of the FSF.  I presume you are familiar with the
benefits of using/practicing OSS, so I don't understand why you would be
critical of me in using it exclusively.  My reasons are partly
idealistic, experimental, curious, and practical.  I believe that
software as OSS is necessarily better for the world, so I've made it the
staple of mine.  Since OSS is developed in the open I am better able to
learn about/with it than its proprietary counterparts.  The freedom to
copy, study, and modify it is an excellent benefit that proprietary SW
by definition cannot offer.  Besides that I can get all the OSS I need
without price. That is the substance of my principle and I fail to know
how this elicits your condescension.


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