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GNU Hands Out Trisquel At a Microsoft Store 274

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alexanderb writes "Remember GNU's Windows 8 launch trick or treat in October, where Free Software Foundation activists handed out gratis copies of the free (as in freedom) system Trisquel GNU/Linux? Well, GNU returned for a Microsoft store's 'Tech for Tots' session on December 20th in Boston, MA. Like in October, the activists (accompanied by a gnu) handed out gratis copies of Trisquel GNU/Linux — a free alternative to Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 8."
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GNU Hands Out Trisquel At a Microsoft Store

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  • Trisquel? (Score:4, Informative)

    by assertation (1255714) on Friday December 21, 2012 @07:08PM (#42365287)

    I never heard of that distro before?

    What is it like?

    Zero proprietary drivers and media files?

    GNOME desktop?

    PITA to install?

    Curious

    Thanks

    Steve

  • Pathetic (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21, 2012 @07:12PM (#42365321)

    Seriously... you fucking lost. A long time ago. Nobody fucking cares about you. FSF, Stallman, whoever the fuck else... just go away and stop making yourselves look like douchebags.

  • Re:Trisquel? (Score:4, Informative)

    by MightyYar (622222) on Friday December 21, 2012 @07:12PM (#42365333)

    It's another Debian-based distribution.

  • Re:What? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Microlith (54737) on Friday December 21, 2012 @07:41PM (#42365571)

    Because the FSF doesn't support projects that integrate (or allow the integration of) proprietary bits and pieces. This includes firmwares that need to be loaded on a device prior to operation, so there's a fair amount of hardware with completely open drivers that don't work on Trisquel because they omitted the firmware.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21, 2012 @08:29PM (#42365951)

    I once had to write 40 pages in MS Office. The next day I learned LaTeX. I'm not apologising.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 21, 2012 @09:48PM (#42366413)

    I don't have the time or inclanation to bother correcting everything that's wrong with this post, but here's a few facts that run counter to your inane babbling:

    *Windoze crashed constantly when I used it. The acronym BSOD is a household name, because of that "stability" on the MS desktop.

    *OSX is a Unix based OS. It is, by its very design, in the same league as Linux.

    *Linux doesn't have "a bad rep."

    *Your statements are very biased and inaccurate, especially when saying that a Vista machine will run 100% perfectly.

    I'm out of time, but i'm sure a bunch of people will pick-up where I left off and correct the rest of the fallacies in your post.

  • by realityimpaired (1668397) on Friday December 21, 2012 @11:47PM (#42366893)

    There is demand. The problem is it is too complicated to mix and match. Apple's stuff sorta works because they have are not trying to sell Microsoft. Consumers get that. Consumers already are presented with too many decisions. Dell can't sell GNU/Linux. To the extent they offer it the solutions suck.

    ... I ordered a Dell laptop with Linux preinstalled on it this afternoon. $319 for a 15" laptop, and the same configuration with Windows 7 on it was $50 more. Dell does sell Linux on hardware that consumers would want, but they put it in the small/medium business section of their website. And to address another point you made, everything that laptop has in it is Intel reference hardware... given how well Intel is supporting/developping for Linux, I think that says Dell understands very well the importance of not relying on proprietary binary blobs for drivers.

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