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Re: [K12OSN] K12Linux listserv changes...

I assume the primary goal (aside from fun) of k12ltsp is to make GNU/Linux
available and useful to schools everywhere. If so, then any move which
inhibits schools adopting k12ltsp is counter productive. 

Some distros are more popular in various cultures and regions than others.
Distros come and distros go. So, ideally, the project will work toward

As harbingers of slippage I would watch for:
- an upfront or subtle brake on developing k12ltsp for distros other than RH; 
- the inclusion of proprietary software developed by RH; 
- k12ltsp always working better on RH than other distros; or
- close association with RH precluding support from or good working
relations with maintainers of other distros.


At 03:23 PM 02/15/2002 +0000, you wrote:
>Paul Nelson writes:
>> K12OSN:Hello Folks,
>Sorry for the delay in responding to this.  I didn`t want to   'rock the
>Open source and linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD & OpenBSD were created to break 
>away from restrictive commercial control and to give control back to the
>and provide choice.
>I am really concerned about allowing commercial eneterprses with a self 
>interest 'taking over' the K12 project.  Although RedHat is the
>distribution used,
>any Linux (or BSD for that matter) distribution can be used and could be
>used in 
>the future.
>What is next, the web sites being hosted on RedHat ?
>Why couldn`t a RedHat tech just join the list and contribute, without the
>project losing control ?
>I am sure it is in THEIR interest for a variety of commercial reasons to
>or be seen to run the K12 project and later offer commercial 'support' to
>Why do I say this ?
>With redhat running the mailing list on their web site (out of our
>control), any
>newbie will think it is a redhat project especially with redhat being the
>They get a lot of free adverytizing and prestige in this way.
>Even when it`s explained that K12 is an indpendent school project created
>by Paul
>and others, the pople and media will still confuse the issue just the way
>they assign 
>the term 'open source'   to things that arn`t and think linux and BSD is
>the same (it`s not).
>So RedHat still get the credit.
>Paul and his 'team' have done stalwart work in creating a   'turnkey'  
>from the ltsp.org work, creating, setting up and updating the web site and
>mailing list.  A magnificent achievement.
>There are also many people willing to offer advice, support, in it`s many
>time and experience permitting.
>Basically, I don`t see why K12 is becoming the   'asset'  or   'in the
>pocket'  of 
>any commercial enterprise.  I don`t think this is a good move and should be
>before more damage is done.
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