[linux-audio-user] linux audio wiki

Shayne O'Connor forums at machinehasnoagenda.com
Thu Aug 25 22:25:25 EDT 2005


Pete Bessman wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-08-26 at 10:12 +1000, Shayne O'Connor wrote:
> 
>>by all means, do what you want - but you can have yr fruitcake and eat 
>>it, too.
> 
> 
> If you don't think "GNU" and "Free Software" are stumbling blocks to
> mainstream adoption of the fruit of our community's labor, then I must
> conclude, to borrow a concept from Samizdata, that you and I exist in
> alternate realities.  I have been a non-stop evangelist for our platform
> in Real Life (TM), in many bands and with many musicians (and the
> occasional fan).  And based on my Real Life (TM) experience with these
> groups, I find the results of "GNU/Linux," "Free Software," et al, to be
> exceedingly suboptimal.
> 
> Here's my recollection of how an exemplary conversation went down with a
> bassist I once worked with:
> 
> "Hey man, that beat is pretty slick, whadja use to roll it?"
> 
> 'A free software sampler I wrote for GNU/Linux.'
<snip>

sorry to snip so much, but as i said ... who wants/needs to use 
GNU/Linux in everyday conversation and in general discussion. i only 
suggest that if you're getting some sort of wiki or web page that is 
going to be a primer in all things   related to linux software, then gee 
- it's pretty damned easy just to write GNU/Linux. seriously, if the 
concept of Free software is that hard to grasp, then i doubt anyone's 
going to have any luck with the stuff that *actually is confusing* - 
like getting a piece of software installed.

it's got nothing to do with ideology, and everything to do with reality. 
GNU/Linux. Three letters and a backslash. The FSF is so much more than 
just a pain in the arse - as its name implies, it is a foundation on 
which *lots* of stuff has been built.

when yr mate asks how you roll beats in future, shouldn't you just say 
"with a program called Specimen"?

shayne


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