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    Any non-free software installed on your computer?
    Submitted by daw on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 – 09:43
    No, it’s evil
    8% (93 votes)
    No, I don’t need any
    8% (86 votes)
    Yes, unfortunately
    33% (379 votes)
    Yes, and I don’t care
    25% (284 votes)
    Yes, but only NVidia drivers
    10% (117 votes)
    … and games from ID/Loki
    14% (156 votes)
    Non-free software?
    2% (23 votes)

    Total votes: 1138

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    Subject: …and since everyone Else is doing it…
    Author: viqsi
    Date: Saturday, 2002/08/31 – 23:02
    vrms notes the following packages on my system:
    doc-html-w3 – W3C Specs – I find myself referring to them a lot, so I figured it was worth it)
    libmotif – OpemMotif – just so I can run the Flash plugin.
    navigator-base-477, blah blah blah – Testing websites.
    unrar – I still have several friends regrettably tied to the Windows world (in one case it’s Poser and PIRCH98, in another it’s Impulse Tracker, et cetera, et cetera…), and Back In The Olden Days we’d use rar a lot, so I still have some RAR archives I have to deal with from time to time.

    It doesn’t notice the xanim modules, which I’ve got so I can look at a few movie clips that Lesser Enlightened people point out from time to time (they’re used with mplayer, which really Is Free nowadays). Nor does it notice the Netscape Flash plugin, or RealPlayer, kept around for similar reasons. It also doesn’t notice Opera, which I use as an everyday browser (hey, as soon as mozilla.org gets their collective heads screwed on right and seperate “tabbing” through links from tabbing through form elements and then lets you reassign those keys, I’ll be happy to move to it or to something like Galeon). And finally, it obviously doesn’t notice Windows 98 SE, which I keep around mostly so I can run MSIE 6 under Wine, again, to test websites and thusly depress me. 😛

    Philosophically, I’m usually in the position of “Freedom Good! Lack Of Freedom Bad!” But if the free alternative isn’t measuring up in some critical way, I have no worries about going for something that has somewhat reduced freedom in return for somewhat increased quality. I’d love to be able to contribute to projects, but I’ve been trying and failing to retain knowledge of anything C for at least half a decade now. 🙂

    So, yeah, I care, but there’s sometimes precious little I can do about it beyond lots and lots of advocacy. 🙂

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