Beware of Freetard Ideology in Ubuntu

The recent release of Ubuntu has had some good coverage in many media publications (online, print, radio and even TV) but it’s always interesting to read the comments people leave on the blogs.

While reading the comments in New Ubuntu Linux release is easy, sexy (at, I came across this remark:

I hate MS as much as the next guy. But Linux is not really a viable option for the vast, vast, vast majority of computer users. People who can’t see that are simply blinded by freetard ideology.

Freetard ideology ?

I now realize I have been a greentard too.

All jokes aside, I think it’s important as Ubuntu users, developers, advocates and enterprise decision makers, we ask ourselves « what would make the people that don’t like Ubuntu actually try it and end up using it full time for all their computing needs ?« . I mean, other than being the proud parents of someone working for Canonical 🙂

Let’s pause for a moment and think real hard about that.


Ubuntu 7.10 release party in Montreal – Rencontre de lancement d’Ubuntu 7.10

(version en français aussi disponible ici).

The Ubuntu-QC team would like to invite all those who have been eagerly awaiting the release of Ubuntu 7.10 « The Gutsy Gibbon » to join their fellow Ubuntu enthusiasts on October 18th at 1800h at Bar St.-Sulpice on Rue St-Denis in Montreal. Welcome the latest release of your favorite distro with your fellow travellers on the path to software freedom!

This event is open to users of any OS, distribution, or language. New users will have the opportunity to meet and speak with veterans. It’s like a free car mechanic! With beer and food!

Bar St-Sulpice offers free wifi Internet connections, so be sure to bring your laptop. There will be the chance to install Gutsy as soon as it is released. Stickers, CD’s, t-shirts, and other swag will also be dispensed.

Beer. Food. A geek to upgrade your laptop for you. Ubuswag. The only thing missing is YOU!

The St-Sulpice bar is located at 1680, Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2X 3K6 Telephone: (514) 844-9458

Ubuntu is a community developed operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you’ll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools. Ubuntu is an African word meaning ‘Humanity to others’, or ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.

On behalf of the Ubuntu-QC team,

Fabian Rodriguez
André Cotte

For more information:
FabianRodriguez – 514-812-5615

* Ubuntu official site: [WWW]
* Ubuntu Quebec local community team : [WWW] (mostly french)
* Ubuntu 7.10 download site : [WWW] starting October 18th, official release day
* For any formal press inquiries please contact:

En français

Ubuntu-QC invite tous ceux qui attendent avec impatience la sortie de la nouvelle version (7.10) de la célèbre distribution Linux Ubuntu à venir fraterniser, le 18 octobre prochain à partir de 18h, au Bar Le St-Sulpice, rue St-Denis à Montréal. Ces rencontres sont devenues une tradition au sein de l’univers des utilisateurs d’Ubuntu. On salue entre amis et utilisateurs l’arrivée des nouvelles versions de la distribution.

Pas besoin d’utiliser Ubuntu ou même Linux pour y participer, les curieux autant que les utilisateurs et les experts sont invités à fraterniser et à échanger. Le Bar St-Sulpice se prête bien à ce genre de rencontre puisqu’on peut également y manger.

Ubuntu est une distribution Linux basée sur Debian et destinée à proposer un système convivial et ergonomique. Son fondateur, Mark Shuttleworth, a promis qu’il restera libre et gratuit y compris pour les entreprises. Le mot Ubuntu est un mot bantou qui signifie « Je suis ce que je suis grâce à ce que nous sommes tous ». Une invitation à vous joindre à Ubuntu-QC pour cette petite soirée improvisée.

Le Bar St-Sulpice offre, grâce à Île sans fil, l’accès gratuit à Internet. Apportez donc vos portables. Vous en profiterez pour y installer la toute dernière version d’Ubuntu, Gutsy Gibbon. Des T-shirts, autocollants, et CD-ROMs d’Ubuntu 7.10 seront disponibles.

Pour l’équipe d’Ubuntu-QC

Fabian Rodriguez
André Cotte

Pour plus informations :
FabianRodriguez – 514-812-5615

Le Bar St-Sulpice est situé au 1680, rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K6 Téléphone: (514) 844-9458

* Site officiel d’Ubuntu :
* Site officiel de la communauté québécoise Ubuntu :
* Site francophone de ressources pour Ubuntu :
* Site de téléchargement de la version 7.10 d’Ubuntu : à partir du 18 octobre, jour du lancement officiel
* Pour toute demande formelle d’information ou contact de presse, adressez-vous à:


Free software Colombian legislation project gets good support at first hearing

Yesterday the « Proyecto de Ley del Software Libre » was presented at the Colombian House of Representatives for a first public hearing with great success, according to this news article on their site.

This is one of many steps to get any legislation in place, so it’s an important day in Free Software history for Colombia ! This is the second time after 1992 that such legislation is attempted, and I consider this to be great news, although the general intent of this legislation is presented as letting free software co-exist with proprietary software.

I wish I could have been there, this is truly a time for changes and progress in Colombia and I am excited about all the opportunities opening there. Apparently the session was recorded and is available on video, it will be interesting to watch it and see how this project was presented.