[News] GNU/Linux Newbie Discovers Freedom, Lovew Ubuntu GNU/Linux

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The 2008 State of My Linux Address

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| One year ago, I was looking at turning away many years of experience and 
| comfortable knowledge. I moved cautiously, but enthusiatically from one 
| Ubuntu machine, to dual-booting my laptop, to finally relegating Windows to a 
| virtual machine for those unpleasant necessities.   
| I’m having a blast using Ubuntu, enjoy learning Linux and don’t miss the 
| world of non-Free anti-user software one whit. 


Update: The Freedom Key

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| A slightly pointless exercise I know but it makes me feel better and I think 
| it looks pretty good so why not make your own freedom key? It's easy and if I 
| can do it with my complete abscence of art skills I'm sure anyone can.  


“DRM is nearly always the result of a conspiracy of companies to restrict the
technology available to the public. Such conspiracy should be a crime, and the
executives responsible for it should be sentenced to prison.”

                                                --Richard Stallman


DRM is always anti-user

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| No user likes DRM. What Cory Doctorow said about Sony is really true for all
| DRM: “No Sony customer woke up one morning and said, “Damn, I wish Sony would
| devote some expensive engineering effort in order that I may do less with my
| music.”". Expanding the DRM acronym (to mean “digital restrictions
| management” or “digital rights management”) is a matter of what side you’re
| on. If you’re on the user’s side, the side that says you ought to be able to
| treat stuff you bought as your own, you’ll not forget that “digital rights
| management” is “private language” as well. It’s language that exists to
| promulgate the publisher’s perspective instead of the user’s perspective thus
| reframing the debate to getting us to believe that our needs are less
| important or completely ignorable. The thing that makes DRM interesting to
| publishers is how well it can restrict users from doing what users want to
| do. Hence digital restrictions management is a more honest way of looking at
| what DRM means.

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