My 2 cents on the whole Fedora to succeed as global wide deployed desktop are...

Jeroen van Meeuwen kanarip at
Mon Sep 3 16:00:43 UTC 2007

Les Mikesell wrote:
> Jeroen van Meeuwen wrote:
>> Restrictively patented software may, in your and many others' opinion, 
>> still be Free; I my opinion, it's not. It may be FOSS, but it isn't 
>> Free in the most pure sense of the word; If I can't share what I use, 
>> freely, with someone else just because there so happens to be an ocean 
>> in between and my buddy is living in the states; that to me isn't free.
> But surprisingly, nobody makes any effort to share the burden of system 
> administration, which is why so few people use unix-like systems and why 
> there are endless discussions like this of what packages should and 
> shouldn't be installed or bundled in some small set of configuration 
> choices that aren't going to fit everyone or be exactly right for any 
> purpose.

I'm sorry, you should not have read "If I can't share what I use" as:

  "If I cannot publish a list of my installed software and their settings"

rather then

  "I'm using something that is free here, but once I start using it 
elsewhere it may be illegal or I might get sued."

> What we really need is a push-button way for anyone who thinks they have 
> built a system that is well configured for some particular use to 
> publish his installed package list - and perhaps add a repository in the 
> odd case that he needed something not in the usual repositories.  Then 
> anyone else should be able to read through the descriptions of the 
> purposes for these configurations and why the admin that created them 
> believes his setup is the best, pick one, and automatically get the same 
> set of packages installed on his own computer - and periodically repeat 
> to track the updates.  This would eliminate about 90% of the reasons for 
> having multiple distributions with confusing differences and give the 
> effect of having an expert system administrator tuning each installation 
> for its intended use.

If you're gonna build profiles of what software is suited for what 
purpose, along with the ideal settings, I'm curious what a user would 
think of a 3-million-profiles-website he can choose the most fit profile 

Kind regards,

Jeroen van Meeuwen

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