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[VIDEO] Mark Shuttleworth talks about Free Software, Open Source, Debian and Canonical

January 24, 2012 -- William
Last modified on July 2018
Mark Shuttleworth

In this interview by Gabriella Coleman at the Debian annual conference of 2006, Mark Shuttleworth, project leader of Ubuntu and founder of Canonical Ltd., talks about Free Software, Open Source, Canonical Debian and proprietary software.

Do we have privacy in a super-connected world and should we care?

December 7, 2011 -- William
Last modified on February 2017

There was a time when most people lived in small villages and everybody knew about everybody else. It was not a question of choice, you just happened to be known by all your peers and there was always someone to watch what you were up to. Then came big cities, individualism, privacy and other considerations that our ancestors didn't really have.

The world is changing and we are all adapting to it. I'm not going to make a value judgements about how good or how bad the new rules established by the Internet are. What really matters is how well prepared we are to live in a super-connected world and the first thing to do is to know what is this privacy debate about.

How do Free Software and Open Source developers earn money? (the FO$$ economy)

September 19, 2011 -- William
Last modified on January 2018
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This is a rather common question and shows how the software market today is actually quite weird. Before starting, remember that “free” in “Free Software” is about freedom and not about price. People do make money with FOSS. You will see how the development and sale of FOSS is much more intuitive than of proprietary software.

What is Linux?

December 17, 2010 -- Webmaster
Last modified on November 2016
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The short answer is: Linux is the kernel of a free operating system that suits as a replacement for Windows or Mac OS. Both Windows and Mac OS are proprietary software, they are available for sale and the user cannot modify how these operating systems work. The Linux kernel and the GNU applications that run on this alternative operating system are (usually) free of charge and free to be modified by the user or any community of developers. It is built by the users, for the users.