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DATE 2007-11-01

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DATE 2007-11-11
FROM Kevin Mark
SUBJECT Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Re: Journalist inquiry about Linux and Google
> > > > I am a graduate journalism student at NYU with a concentration
> > > > in Business and Economic reporting. I am currently working on a
> > > > story about Linux and Google. As the whole world knows, Google
> > > > unveiled it's Android software on Monday. The Android program
> > > > is based on Linux. I find it interesting that Google developed
> > > > mobile software before it developed software for a PC.
> > > > I also find it interesting that it is touting its open-ness.
> > > >
> > > > I got your email address from the Linux page and I saw your
> > > > website.
> > > > I'm emailing the Linux devotees like yourself. I hope you have
> > > > a few minutes to respond to some questions I have. I was
> > > > curious to know if you've ever developed applications for Linux.
> > > > Also, do you think that Google's adoption of Linux as its base
> > > > for mobile software will increase Linux awareness amongst the
> > > > general populace? Do you think that Linux could become a more
> > > > readily used OS in the future? I'm a Mac user, I think I'm
> > > > using tiger or panther, whatever that means. I wanted to know
> > > > why you use Linux and what you like about it. What
> > > > differentiates it from Microsoft and Mac? And what do you think
> > > > about it being the OS of choice for this new software?
> > > >
> > > > How do you think the Linux community is treating this news?
> > > > Indifferently or with interest?
> > > >
> > > > Thanks
> > > > Jay Yarow
> > > >
> > > > --
> > > > http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/theoryb/taxonomy/term/49
Hi Jay, so far it sounds like you have not done any cursory research
about Gnu/Linux, FLOSS, etc. So you should do this so that you can have
some deeper questions to ask. But I'll try to give some background
anyway. 'Linux' is an ambiguous term as it could refer to the kernel of
most free operating systems or to the entire distribution. Most
commonly, people unfamilar with Free software call Gnu/Linux 'Linux'.
The basis of Free software(where Linux is the most visible example) is
its licensing, structure and methodology. Most Free software is
licensed under the Gnu GPL. Most of it is developed in an open,
distributed manner using Free software tools. And most Free software is
developed on open infrastrure like mailing lists and irc. Read Eric
Raymonds 'the cathedral and the bazaar' (on line) for more background.
The openness is meant to do many things: not hide bugs, to allow folks
to fix the bugs, to allow other to use your work as soon as possible,
and encourage innovation. It encourages sharing, a very important idea
to Free software folks, and community. They want knowledge not to sit in
a locked room for few to use. For this to happen, it must be licensed in
a way to allow this. Wikipedia is a stellar example of this. Free
software likes open standards and this allows everyone an equal change
to interact with other systems. Many companies like closed standards
because it perpetuates their business model, keeps their monopoly, and
disallows fair competition. This is one reason why Google uses Free
software (Free software is pervasive at Google) and chooses to use it
with its phone. Apple is trying to limit 3rd party application on its
iPhone-- not that users agree. Other companies are not. OpenMoko is
another recent Gnu/Linux based phone. BTW Apple's current OS is based
upon Free software (Bsd) and many Gnu/Linux and BSD software can run on
it.
Hope that explains,
Kev
ps. as Ruben hints, getting involved in any free software project/event
will give you a flavor of what this is about and allow you to ask more
questions.
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  1. 2007-11-01 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Multimedia Organizations to invite to Freedom-IT
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  3. 2007-11-02 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Audio Project Resource from Upstate NY
  4. 2007-11-02 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Re: [Freedom-IT] Audio Project Resource from Upstate NY
  5. 2007-11-03 Elfen Magix <elfen_magix-at-yahoo.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Dead Suse Mouse
  6. 2007-11-03 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Dead Suse Mouse
  7. 2007-11-03 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Dead Suse Mouse
  8. 2007-11-03 Kevin Mark <kevin.mark-at-verizon.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Dead Suse Mouse
  9. 2007-11-05 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] google phones
  10. 2007-11-05 Elfen Magix <elfen_magix-at-yahoo.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Dead Suse Mouse
  11. 2007-11-06 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Narcotic Ordering
  12. 2007-11-07 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Narcotic Ordering
  13. 2007-11-08 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Narcotic Ordering
  14. 2007-11-09 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] NYLXS Board Meeting
  15. 2007-11-09 swd <sderrick-at-optonline.net> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Can I "fool" a browser into thinking I am not in America?
  16. 2007-11-09 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Can I "fool" a browser into thinking I am not in America?
  17. 2007-11-09 Paul Robert Marino <prmarino1-at-gmail.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Can I "fool" a browser into thinking I am not in America?
  18. 2007-11-09 email <ray-pub-at-rcn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Can I "fool" a browser into thinking I am not
  19. 2007-11-10 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Re: Journalist inquiry about Linux and Google
  20. 2007-11-11 Kevin Mark <kevin.mark-at-verizon.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Re: Journalist inquiry about Linux and Google
  21. 2007-11-12 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] NYLXS and Freedom-it planning meeting for tomorrow
  22. 2007-11-13 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] [nyc-at-workatjelly.com: Jelly this Friday (11/16) in Manhattan!]
  23. 2007-11-13 Amy Coleman <acoleman-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] NYLXS and Freedom-it planning meeting for
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  25. 2007-11-13 Ron Guerin <ron-at-vnetworx.net> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] [Fwd: [nylug-announce] TOMORROW! WEDNESDAY: NYLUG presents James
  26. 2007-11-13 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] [Fwd: [nylug-announce] TOMORROW! WEDNESDAY: NYLUG presents James Vasile on GPL3, FOSS Legal Primer & The Interaction of Licenses & Communities]
  27. 2007-11-13 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] NYLUG MEeting Tomorrow
  28. 2007-11-14 Ron Guerin <ron-at-vnetworx.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] [Fwd: [nylug-announce] TOMORROW! WEDNESDAY:
  29. 2007-11-14 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] [Fwd: [nylug-announce] TOMORROW! WEDNESDAY: NYLUG presents James Vasile on GPL3, FOSS Legal Primer & The Interaction of Licenses & Communities]
  30. 2007-11-14 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] NYLUG Meeting Tonight
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  33. 2007-11-15 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
  34. 2007-11-15 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Freedom-IT: GNU/Linux Multimedia Conference
  35. 2007-11-15 Kevin Mark <kevin.mark-at-verizon.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
  36. 2007-11-16 Ron Guerin <ron-at-vnetworx.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
  37. 2007-11-16 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
  38. 2007-11-16 Kevin Mark <kevin.mark-at-verizon.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
  39. 2007-11-16 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
  40. 2007-11-16 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
  41. 2007-11-16 Ron Guerin <ron-at-vnetworx.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
  42. 2007-11-16 Ron Guerin <ron-at-vnetworx.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
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  46. 2007-11-17 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
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  52. 2007-11-18 Ron Guerin <ron-at-vnetworx.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
  53. 2007-11-18 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
  54. 2007-11-18 Ron Guerin <ron-at-vnetworx.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
  55. 2007-11-18 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
  56. 2007-11-18 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
  57. 2007-11-18 Ron Guerin <ron-at-vnetworx.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
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  72. 2007-11-23 Ron Guerin <ron-at-vnetworx.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Sorry (WAS: Dead CPU)
  73. 2007-11-27 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Website Updates
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