Was a failure to stop what happened, no doubt about that.
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No need to move to a proprietary hosting service like Github.
I wrote about this previously: http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/savannah
Times have really changed when the Counsel for Litigation and Antitrust at Microsoft is complaining about monopoly abuses instead of defending their client against them.
They've done dozens of events at Apple Stores, including the huge Apple store about 100 metres from this Microsoft store.
"free enough to be distributed with the Linux kernel sources"
the firmware files are typically under a license that prohibits modification and even redistribution.
> A desktop os needs a browser (Firefox), text editor (vim), office suite (OpenOffice), PDF reader (evince), window manager (kde), etc
Browser: GNU Icecat, text editor: emacs, office suite: GNOME Office, PDF reader: GNU PDF, window manager: GNOME.
I found its actually hard to get a machine that's decent these days, unless you're prepared to put up with a bit of crap.
The solution is to build your own custom laptop -- http://www.avadirect.com/gaming-laptop-configurator.asp?PRID=25095
If you go for the "VISIONTEK Killer" wireless card, it has an Atheros chipset, so you can distro-hop to your hearts content. They also ship it with no OS if you like.
Rip it all and then use something like beats to figure out the audio fingerprinting and correctly tag things for you.
If you press stop twice, then hit play, you can generally skip that stuff.
What the Seperatists [as I am now calling them] should do is:
* Find a better country that fulfills all of their political, economic and social needs and desires. I'm sure for many of these fine folks there is something in the Middle East, Northern Africa or Eastern Europe that qualifies.
* Pack their bags
* Renounce their U.S. Citizenship.
I see no cause that Americans should drag down these good folk with our democratic ways. Secession is utterly unnecessary.
Lets take a little look at the history of Microsoft and clearly understand what we're getting into before we blindly adapt one of their standards.