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How I discovered Free Software and met RMS ★
· Priscilla Felicia Harmanus · 1993 from the Netherlands · Last update: 21 juli 2020
No one knows who I am yet and what kind
of content I produce. So why not focus a topic that
people are already searching for, right?
you've grown up with a PC a smartphone a
tablet or all three if you're 18 you
could have 12 years of experience using
a computer and let's be honest
and that means you already
had to be trained on.
After the Software Wars - Keith Curtis 2010
Most people have never heard of GNU. Even most of the people who use the GNU system have never heard of GNU, since so many people and companies teach them to call it “Linux”. Indeed, GNU users often say they are “running Linux”, which is like saying you are “driving your carburetor” or “driving your transmission”...
You have seen Ubuntu/Linux installed in a friends PC...
A girl like me seeing the name “GNU” for the first time in “GNU GRUB version 2. 02-beta2-36ubuntu3.18”
The Free Software revolution has taken the industry by storm. Linux, started from scratch not even 10 years ago, has been the favorite kernel of the Free Software world. The ideas and experience gained from Free Software have truly sent Linux and the Free Software Foundation's GNU tools all over the world. Free systems such as Debian GNU/Linux ship with literally thousands of applications, and they have more power and stability, and outperform some of the industry's traditional best-selling proprietary operating systems.
Today, GNU/Linux plays a dominant role in Internet servers and among ISPs, in academia, among computer hobbyists, and in computer science research. Debian GNU/Linux has brought the power of Free Software to everything from laptops to flights aboard the Space Shuttle. As I write this, companies the world over are experiencing the joy and benefits that are Free Software. The unprecedented power, the ability to speak directly to the people who write the software you use, the capability to modify programs at will, and the phenomenal expertise of the online support mechanism all combine to make Free Software a vibrant and wonderful way to use your computing resources.
Starting with a Free Software such as Debian GNU/Linux can be the best thing you've done with your computer in a long time. It's fast, powerful, stable, versatile, and fun!
Welcome to the revolution!
— John Goerzen
April 23, 2000