[sf-lug] Ubuntu vs. Mandriva

Ernest De Leon edeleonjr at gmail.com
Sun Apr 27 16:38:53 PDT 2008

It is because licensing has no direct correlation with user adoption.
Although Microsoft's tactics were less than ethical, regardless of their
licensing vs. netscape licensing, user adoption is what destroyed netscape,
not IE specifically.  Sure, Microsoft may have played a major role in
stacking the deck against netscape with regard to expanding their user base
by force, but users ultimately still had the chance to not use IE and run
netscape instead (as I did.)  In the end, licensing couldn't help or hurt IE
or netscape, it was the user adoption.  This is why it is good to have users
spread across many different platforms and applications.  It fosters
competition (in various forms) and prevents monopolies and oligopolies in
the market.


On Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 2:43 PM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> Quoting Ernest De Leon (edeleonjr at gmail.com):
> > What we DO NOT want is another IE kills Netscape situation where one
> > distribution dominates and kills off others.
> I'm curious about how you think that could happen, given licensing that
> always permits forking at will.
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Ernest de Leon

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety." - A common 18th Century sentiment
voiced by Benjamin Franklin

"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his
government." - Edward Abbey

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." -
Edmund Burke, English statesman and political philosopher (1729-1797)
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