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    Which is your favourite variant of Debian you have used?
    Submitted by phill on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 – 16:29
    Linux

    Debian (Official Mirrors)
    41% (1138 votes)
       
    Debian & Non-Free
    43% (1197 votes)
     
    Libranet
    3% (95 votes)
       
    Progeny
    2% (44 votes)
       
    Knoppix
    8% (219 votes)
       
    Corel / Xandros
    1% (24 votes)
       
    Lindows
    2% (42 votes)
       

    Total votes: 2759

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    Subject: What about Stormix
    Author: TekMate
    Date: Friday, 2002/12/27 – 03:58
    I miss Stormix I thought they had the best distro I have ever used it’s a shame they went out of business and we all had to move on. Stormix isn’t on the list so I voted for Knoppix just because it’s cool. I haven’t found a pc yet it won’t run on except for sound but I can usually fix that.

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    Subject: I’ve had really good results with Libranet
    Author: masinick
    Date: Saturday, 2002/12/07 – 02:42
    I appreciate using a commercial distribution of Debian GNU/Linux software, even though I can get CDs or downloads directly from the main source. I’ve had particularly good results with one small Vancouver, BC company that produces Libranet. More recently, I’ve experimented with LindowsOS and Xandros, and found them to be decent desktop entry points for consumers who are more interested in getting quickly into a desktop system than they are at getting the latest or most flexible configuration.

    Once in, those of us in the know realize that we can do whatever we want with Debian packages. My two cents says that Libranet is a great starting point. For those willing to support the company, the current 2.7 release is great, otherwise the freely available 2.0 ISO images make a great, free starting point.

    Brian W. Masinick
    mailto:masinick@yahoo.com

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    Subject: A free software paradox
    Author: grolschie
    Date: Thursday, 2002/11/14 – 20:28
    There’s nothing wrong with non-free software. Both software license models have their pros and cons. Excellent software is released under both. Why miss out on good software, just to be pedantic or politically correct in the Linux world? If a person is willing to pay/charge for a software package that’s non-free licensed, that’s up to them really. We hear alot about the FREE software movement, but it seems that Debian users are less free to use non-free software for fear of scorn and excommunication.
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    Subject: non-free in large numbers
    Author: termos
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/11/13 – 20:35
    how could so many acually use non-free software?
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    Subject: It’s not necessarily just so
    Author: era
    Date: Monday, 2002/12/02 – 08:41
    It’s not necessarily just software. I have one package from non-free on my system and it’s doc-html-w3 (beats me which part of the license puts it in non-free, but there it is). But I’d feel silly if I found out that a package I wanted wasn’t available just because I had failed to put that non-free line in /etc/apt/sources.list — you know, I use this system for production work, and everything which interferes with getting the job done is bad.

    I have, in the past, gone through the motions to replace Netscape with Mozilla, Acrobat reader with xpdf, etc. But if I need a program to get the job done and it’s in non-free, I will install it (and probably not even notice, and if I do, not care).

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    Subject: Re: how could so many acually use non-free software?
    Author: Overfiend
    Date: Monday, 2002/11/18 – 05:54
    They aren’t. Everything from popcon results to file transfer statistics belies that observation.

    Some hooligan is most likely stuffing the ballot box. 🙂

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    Subject: lies, damn lies, statistics, damn statistics
    Author: xtifr
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/11/27 – 00:43
    (voice dripping with sarcasm)

    Oh, STATISTICS, yeah, well statistically there’s a 99.8% chance that my system has nothing but free software. It’s only in REALITY that that percentage drops to zero. I’ve got one (count it, one) non-free package out of >500 packages. Statistically, that’s nuthin’! 🙂

    And if you look at file transfers, the discrepancy between statistics and reality grows, since many (possibly most?) of the free packages on my system are updated more often than the lone non-free package.

    Gosh, I didn’t realize this was a poll about statistics. I’ve got to change my vote from D+non-free to D(official). 🙂

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    Subject: Hrmph.
    Author: DanielS
    Date: Friday, 2002/11/22 – 12:07
    Hippy. 😛

    Tool for the job. (Not inferring that you’re a tool, BTW …)

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    Subject: I use non-free stuff…
    Author: glenalec
    Date: Thursday, 2002/11/14 – 13:35
    …but mainly for converting non-free file format documents to formats that are free (eg converting .gifs to .pngs).

    Which is why I chose the first option, for although I use some non-free software out of necessity, I don’t like doing so! So my favorite is a pure free Debian. I just don’t get to use my favorite just yet.

    One day….

    Glenn Alexander – the man with no surname and a silly hat.
    http://www.shoalhaven.net.au/~glenalec/

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    Subject: semi-free
    Author: xtifr
    Date: Thursday, 2002/11/14 – 02:57
    I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m perfectly happy with the category called (by the FSF) semi-free software. Basically, software that is free for non-commercial use only — you can look, touch, modify, redistribute, but you just can’t sell it. Of course, for libraries or general-purpose utilities, a semi-free license would kind of suck, but for stuff designed for personal use (editors, games, etc.) it’s perfectly adequate IMO, and not at all immoral (or whatever). Especially for games (zangband rocks!).
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