[sf-lug] "Educating Tux: case studies of Linux deployments in high schools around the world"

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Mar 11 18:50:28 PDT 2008

Quoting Christian Einfeldt (einfeldt at gmail.com):

>  I understand, but what is a more appropriate term? 

If it's a Linux box, you _could_ say "Linux box".  
If it's an Ubuntu Linux box, you _could_ say "Ubuntu Linux box".
And like that.  ("Linux" in this context is an example of synecdochy, 
the part standing for the whole, as when we refer to sailors when we say
"All hands on deck.")

Anyway, it's not other people's task to tell you what you _should_ say,
merely because they've pointed out to you that what you _are_ saying is

> So if flash is let's say 2 MB....

Oh, there you go with the percentage argument, again.  Sorry, you were
claiming it's an open source box.  That's fraudulent in context:  If
someone goes out of his/her way to tell me a machine is open source, 
it's clearly implying the absence of proprietary packages.  

Ergo:  Your usage is inappropriate and would tend to mislead.  Deal.

> So if we are going to say that anything but gNewSense is non-Free or
> non-FOSS, then that pretty much means that all of us on the list are using
> non-Free software, and hence the nature of this group is a proprietary
> software group.

Objection, Your Honour:  Blatantly non sequitur reasoning.  Also, irrelevant.

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