>> But how many people have joined ILUG because they are "interested in
> Linux because it's the OS that fits my techical needs more
> than any other
> OS" vs. "interested in free software, and the ILUG is the
> most popular &
> friendly Irish forum for talking to like-minded people, that
> can help me
> with any problems I have".
>> I would like to think that it's the former. If it is, a
> change would be acceptable, and appropriate. If it isn't, I
> think I'm on
> the wrong list.
I'd be inclined to disagree. Just because an OS suits me technically,
doesn't mean I agree with its creators' philosophy. I drive a Volkswagon, I
don't agree with Hitler's reich that created it.
If we as a group were to decide that the philosophy is important enough to
base our group on, then yes. I agree. However, the group seems "interested
in Linux because it's the OS that fits [our] technical needs more than any
other"... which doesn't actually include any implicit or explicit reference
to the GNU philosophy. Or Linus's philosophy at that.
This is the first time philosophy has been a major topic on the ILUG since
I've been here. In fact, it's almost OT... sickening as that sounds, maybe
this discussion should be on ilug-social ????
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