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At first, ranking GNU/Linux distributions seems alien to the spirit of free software. After all, free software is all about choice. What should matter is that your distro suits you, not how others judge it.

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11 years 33 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago

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I would disagree

> At first, ranking GNU/Linux distributions seems alien to the spirit of free software. After all, free software is all about choice. What should matter is that your distro suits you, not how others judge it.

IMO, the spirit of free software is having the right to control our own destiny (through control of our own computers) and having the right to cooperate within a community. Ranking of various GNU/Linux distributions would not be alien to that.

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11 years 33 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago

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Choice is a freedom-sucking argument.

"After all, free software is all about choice." -- no, it isn't and it never was.

Free software is about the freedom to run, inspect, share, and modify published computer software.

"Choice" is a means for those opposed to software freedom to gain ground; proprietors use this reasoning to try and position their restrictively-licensed software as equivalent to free software. Then the debate is shifted to something where freedom doesn't matter because all choices are up for consideration: features, reliability, or price. So if you want to lose your freedom, go ahead and argue based on "choice". Then wonder what happened to your ability to share software to help your neighbor, improve software or have it improved on your behalf, or sometimes even run the software when you want to.

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