At 16:53 25/02/2001 +0000, Paul J Collins wrote:
>I prefer not to imagine and look at what's really there. You seem to
>be unwilling to supply examples with regard to "business critical
>software". Surely, working for an ISP, you have examples of
>proprietary software that has no usable free alternative?
Nope. In fact, the ISP market is one of the most likely not to have to
use proprietary given that most of the software used to build the internet
always has been open source (a point that is frequently used by Open Source
Unless you count SAGE that is.
>I do note that Eircom Net uses Linux, Apache and qmail (strangely, the
>netblock owner is still listed as Telecom Eireann).
Indigo use qmail - Eircom have used exim for years. The two ISPs up
until very recently were completely seperate entities.
> JC> Why should I have this "freedom" ?
>>Because without it, you are a victim.
> JC> but I feel that it's a privilege, not my birthright.
>>You are wrong.
>> >> This isn't about *my* freedom, it's about everyone's freedom.
> JC> I've gotten used to the chains.
>>That does not make it right.
Argument by assertion just doesn't cut it for me.
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