What's your favorite distro, and why?

Grant Shipley gshipley at gmail.com
Thu Dec 5 12:22:57 MST 2013

On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 12:17 PM, Lonnie Olson <lists at kittypee.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 8:03 AM, Grant Shipley <gshipley at gmail.com> wrote:
> > When people got mad at Canonical for their underhanded sharing of data
> with
> > amazon, a lot of people left that camp.  Granted, it also had a lot to do
> > with people generally hating Unity and finally realizing that canonical
> is
> > not a good open source citizen.
> >
> > I find that Ubuntu is more in use by people who like linux but don't care
> > so much about running a completely free open source OS.  It's the same
> > reason we have a seen a mass exodus to OSX.  People understand the
> > technical merits of a linux/unix based system and prefer convenience over
> > philosophy.  Please don't mistake this comment as something bad, it
> isn't.
> >  People are and should be free to use whatever they want that suits their
> > personal desires and goals.  Just trying to explain what I have seen in
> the
> > linux space over the last 10-15 years.
> It is true that Ubuntu isn't a completely Free Software distribution.
> It includes lots of non-free firmware blobs and such.
> However.  Linux Mint as even more non-Free Software included in it by
> default.  It includes all kinds of bad crap like Flash, MP3, and other
> full multimedia support.  It's actually worse for the Free Software
> movement.  If you truly care about Free Software, you should be using
> one of the approved distributions.
> http://www.gnu.org/distros/free-distros.html

Thanks for link.  As someone who works at Red Hat, I should probably know
this but -- I wonder why Fedora isn't listed.  A distro that is based on
fedora is.  I wonder if it has to do with Fedora not calling it gnu/linux
instead of Linux.  AFAIK, we only ship complete 100% FOSS packages.

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