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Unfortunately, Ubuntu is becoming more and more of a disappointment lately. First they start shipping non-free software by default, then the edgy upgrade turns into a disaster and now I read about plans for including more non-free software and a 3D desktop by default in feisty (the next Ubuntu after edgy). To be honest, ever since I've seen the Feisty Fawn announcement I've been wondering what does the focus on "multimedia enablement and desktop effects" imply, the basic suspicion being will it include more non-free software by default?

Only one CD please!


Here I am, just booted off from a failed Fedora Core 6 install trying to use 2 CDs I downloaded to try it, hoping that this would be enough to do it, even though I really believe 1CD should be a standard for mainstream distros these days, not just because Ubuntu does it, but because (as Ubuntu even proves) it simply makes all sense in the world.


gNewSense is a 100% Free Software version of Ubuntu. It is currently based on Dapper. I have tried it recently and it pretty much has the polished feel of Ubuntu, but with confidence that there is no proprietary software and components involved anywhere. According to the FSF's press release it is now backed by FSF which pretty much ensures that it will live a long life and possibly progress pretty fast.


VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing. It is, in essence, a remote display system which allows you to view a computing `desktop’ environment not only on the machine where it is running, but from anywhere on the Internet and from a wide variety of machine architectures.


Tor is a toolset which helps anonymize ones self online. It's useful if you wish to keep your activities online anonymous.

After starting to read 'Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century' I've become more aware of how easy it is to have privacy violated, and it's effects on society.