Dell is asking what free OS to preinstall

Eric Kjeldergaard kjelderg at
Wed Mar 14 17:10:01 UTC 2007

On 14/03/07, Jeff Rollin <jeff.rollin at> wrote:
> On 14/03/07, Andrew Pantyukhin <infofarmer at> wrote:
> > On 3/14/07, Nikolas Britton <nikolas.britton at> wrote:
> > > Wrong time wrong place. Not voting for Ubuntu/Debian is the same as
> > > voting against it. In this respect it can hurt us very much. Why throw
> > > away your vote when you could vote for a group with the same
> > > philosophical and political views as us? You need to realize that the
> > > survey statistician is going to throw out the votes for FreeBSD.
> >
> > Do you think it's the right time and place (the
> > freebsd-advocacy mailing list) to advise people
> > to vote for Ubuntu instead of FreeBSD? :)
> I'm not Nikolas, but let me say why *I* think it's the right place: If
> we all vote for Ubuntu, then we increase our chances of getting
> hardware that isn't proprietary in the sense of "only having drivers
> for MSWin". Also, we avoid the Microsoft tax and can put FreeBSD on it
> when we get it.

The issue here isn't "a linux or no linux", though, it's _which_ linux to
support.  So no matter what the outcome of the survey, linux drivers will be
made.  (That is with the possible exception of an overwhelming majority
representing FreeBSD where they would potentially then consider FreeBSD
drivers.)  For those of us using FreeBSD, there's not a substantial
advantage to proprietary linux drivers over proprietary Windows drivers.  We
go unsupported either way.

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