42 thoughts on “Freedom Fry — “Happy birthday to GNU””

  1. Fiddle with the OS? Ha ha ha, another idiot who doesn't get it. The OS only needs to do one thing, run MY programs, MY code. Create something, do something.

  2. And why can't you fiddle with it? Why can't it do exactly what you want it to do? Why can't you change the shell, modify the drivers, optimize and secure it as you want?

  3. It is so incredibly weird and cool that they used one of my pictures for this video, it is a real honor! Hurrah for CC as well.

  4. Never heard of netbooks?

    The diversity and customisability are Linux's strength. Removing that is like removing Sampson's hair – it's key to any success for Linux going forward.

  5. While I respect fry and his statement, his argument for free software isnt true in the sense that you cant fiddle with the OS.
    You can tweak and mess with windows as much as you like. They dont care.

    Microsoft puts little things in to say "hey, watch it. You can fuck shit up." but theres nothing illegal, nor nothing stopping you.

  6. I'm so sorry about the brain washing, Stephen. Just more propaganda for Stallman 🙁

    All the parts of the OS but the kernel? That tiny, insignificant part of it, eh? Because everyone that uses a kernel uses the GNU userland, eh Stallman?

    And the GPL, the free licence that's so free, it doesn't let you use what the FSF think is "non-free". If you have open source code with an attribution licence, you're not even allowed to use it with GPL'd code, so you end up rewriting everything from scratch.

  7. still not as cool as Hugh Laurie on HOUSE…bummer…and GNU just does not sound cool…linux sounds more edgy…which is why the name caught on same as windows sounds better than kernel32

    if richard stallman had of called it Unox or Gnuox it would have caught on…GNU is just an anti climax of a name…sorry

  8. the kernel is the OS…the rest is just applications…don't believe me…look at the 'software' stallman claims as part of the GNU OS…things like FTP and such are just apps, and have all been replaced by different vendors, ask yourself how much of Ubuntu is still GNU ???

  9. the kernel is the OS…the rest is just applications…don't believe me…look at the 'software' stallman claims as part of the GNU OS…things like FTP and such are just apps, and have all been replaced by different vendors, ask yourself how much of Ubuntu is still GNU ???

  10. he really doen't have a clue, since most people know it as linux, searching GNU and getting distros from them will probobly result in unpopular distros, just google open suse if you want a good distro or ubuntu

  11. he can't make up his mind not so long ago he was slagging off linux and declaring macs as the greatest computer

  12. In fairness, now; he admits that. Things change…like science 🙂 Old linux was not user friendly, despite what anyone says. Now it finally is, and the Frymeister likes it.

  13. I installed Linux on my son's computer. Frankly, I expected some whining that this or that doesn't work. To my surprise, most games worked either in wine or dosbox, and he quickly discovered games on repositories.

    Now I have set up Audacity and hooked his 50€ keyboard (no MIDI) to the soundcard, in two passes he first records the keyboard section, then switches input and records vocal.

    Dawid is 11 years old, and I am sure there are younger GNU/Linux users.

  14. I love how UNIX gets it's name from being 'castrated MULTIX'. Meaning ultimately GNU and Linux both get their name from MULTIX and are both based off of it in many ways.

  15. This is a relatively common misconception about open source. There is a very large difference about Open source and Free and open source software. The FSF (free software foundation) would politely ask you to refer to GNU as FOSS and not just open source. Open source is a vague concept and different open source projects might have restricting licenses that would restrict it from being considered free, free as in speech, not beer.

  16. GNU should be the start of the actual computer revolution. Most people think we've come a long way in 25 years, but that's mostly DESPITE the restrictions imposed by a small handful of the successful software companies.

    The analogy with 'science' is an accurate one.

    I first started with Linux in 2006, because of my interest and the cost, but then quickly discovered that it's far better (faster and more reliable) than the three alternatives that I'd used, being Windows, Apple OS9.x and OSX.

  17. Man. I didn't know Stephen Fry had such a high opinion of GNU/Linux. And he understands what it is about: Freedom, a human right.

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