Listening to Klaatu on the GnuWorldOrder.info podcast over and over has had a bad effect on me. I have been feeling compelled to donate to Richard Stallman’s Free Software Foundation. I had made a resolution not to buy anything online or spend unnecessarily and I have kept that resolution well. I guess this will not count. If you got money, send some of it to FSF.org.
I have been listening to old podcasts of Klaatu where he talks about Slackware and how great it is. More than a decade ago, I had read an article where Stallman says he uses a Linux distro named Slackware. Half way into the download (via a torrent), I learn that Slackware is no longer on the list of approved software by FSF, as it includes blobs of closed-source binary code (hardware related probably), which are strictly no-no by FSF standards. Approved Linux distros on FSF are Trisquel and a few others. DyneBolic is one of them, which I had used before to turn a PC into a dumb DVD player. Now, it does video and audio editing. I am confused now as to which distro to use. I always buy AMD laptops or build desktops with AMD CPUs. The integrated Radeon chips uses closed-source drivers. Otherwise it will not work. What can I do now?
I am stuck on Ubuntu 10.10, as it has Gnome 2 and works with my Nautilus Actions Configuration scripts. At work, I have installed Linux Mint 14 with Mate Desktop. It does not have Nautilus Actions Configuration and this adds a lot of hassle. With Slackware or Trisquel I may not even boot to a graphical desktop.