Free Your Phone

David Ford david at
Sun Jan 21 21:09:34 CET 2007

How does the end result differ from anything I or any on my side of the 
fence have suggested?  Nothing changed so why bring it up in the first 
place?  Both sides accuse the other of this fervour.  Why slight one 
side of the fence?

It's an issue that gets heated because the GNU-it-all side pipes up and 
the non-GNU-it-all side responds.  When it's pushed in your face over 
and over, it gets frustrating.  This "war" will go on forever, it just 
shifts from list to list, community to community.  I'll put $5 down that 
in the near future someone else will ask openmoko to prefix their name 
with GNU and it'll start all over again.

If you want to be listened to, don't be slighting. Your statement should 
read: "Maybe those who're so keen to make a big fuss could take a page 
out of Sean's book?"  Otherwise, "Maybe those who're so keen to push 
"GNU/Averything" on everyone and start flame wars could take a page out 
of Sean's book?"

Have a nice day, hopefully this will be the last of this.

Renaissance Man wrote:
> Well, that wasn't so hard now was it. Maybe those who're so keen to 
> make a big fuss and accuse people like Crossland of religious fervour 
> could take a page out of Sean's book?
> Renaissance Man
> On 21 Jan 2007, at 2:28 pm, Sean Moss-Pultz wrote:
>> On 1/21/07 4:57 AM, "Dave Crossland" <dave at> wrote:
>>> On 20/01/07, Sean Moss-Pultz <sean_mosko at> wrote:
>>>> the OpenMoko Linux Distribution
>>> Can the FIC marketting department call it 'the OpenMoko GNU/Linux
>>> Distribution'?
>> We'll just call it OpenMoko. I think short simple branding will be 
>> key for
>> us if we want main stream appeal. Don't worry though, I have something
>> special in the form of a user's manual that will give credit to GNU.
>>> Given that the free software nature of the phone is its primary
>>> feature, it seems strange not to acknowledge the GNU project, which is
>>> the whole reason there is free software at all...
>> We will definitely acknowledge this.
>>>> Join us. "Free Your Phone."
>>> I totally love this catch phrase! I hope that the FIC marketting uses
>>> it as the official tagline of all its openmoko devices!
>> It will for sure! This just popped into my head one day while taking a
>> shower. I think it's really started to stick. Plus somebody who knows
>> _nothing_ about Free Software can still related to it.
>> Thanks for your comments!
>> -Sean
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