[Nottingham] Why an OS in the Public Interest?

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Fri Apr 20 15:53:42 UTC 2012


Here is a rather apt blog comment from the founder of one of the pioneer
Linux distros. All the more apt indeed for my recent experiences and for
the ever increasing furore about the lack of privacy for using the

An OS in the Public Interest - a Mandriva Linux Foundation?


Gaël Duval, Ulteo, Mandrake, Mandriva, Linux, Open source, Free software

... Most big infrastructures (roads, electricity, telecommunications)
have been started as public projects, for the people, because people
need interoperability and freedom. I think Operating Systems are
infrasture components too, so we need an OS in the Public Interest, at
least as an alternative for people who want to be free.

Which reminds me: Would we really allow regional vigilante groups to set
up road blocks at every junction to make airport-style inspections of
everyone and everything wishing to pass through?...

Are we going to allow that for our use of the internet and internet
attached devices?


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