Poll: How could getgnulinux.org be improved?

How could GetGNULinux.org be improved? The website has undergone some changes in the last few months, but I bet there is still enough room for improvement. I’d like to know what you think could improve GetGNULinux.org.

If you choose “better layout” or “better content”, please specify in the comments what exactly could be better.

4 thoughts on “Poll: How could getgnulinux.org be improved?”

  1. I think the website is graphically clean and easy to read. I cannot recommend it, though, because I don’t understand what’s the goal: software freedom or open source? I’m more into freedom.

    For example, the website is called “get GNU/Linux!”, but you can see in most pages the use of “Linux” and “GNU/Linux” as if they were interchangeable, and they are not the same, practically and philosophically speaking. Linux is an Open Source project, its goal is not freedom, the Linux kernel includes non-free firmware. That’s why developers who care about freedom had to create the Linux-libre project that is used in libre operating systems like gNewSense and Trisquel. GNU, on the other hand, is a project to bring a useful operating system to people, but without compromising their freedom and privacy.

    The website’s favicon is GNU’s logo. When I saw it I thought this website was about freedom, but when I saw you recommend Ubuntu and Fedora, which are not recognized as free system distributions (as defined by the GNU Project), I was confused.

    If this website is about software freedom, in the spirit of the GNU Project and the FSF, you should revise terminology and recommend free software distributions only. If this website is about Open Source, “Stand for a free society” is not necessary in the section “Why not Windows”, because freedom is not the goal Open Source.

    1. Thanks for your input Sirgazil. I think you raise some valid concerns here. “Linux” and “GNU/Linux” are indeed not the same thing, and using them interchangeably may create confusion. The reason we originally chose for this format is because we wanted to appeal to a large audience. But I do think that consistency and correctness are important, and I am considering updating the content regarding this issue.

      And we indeed use GNU’s logo as the website’s favicon, which, evidently, also may be a source of confusion. I should probably work on a unique logo for our website (but design has never really been up my alley).

      The truth is that we try to stand mid-way between the two goals you are depicting. We don’t want to be as strict as the Free Software Foundation because that might scare away many potential GNU/Linux users. But we do value the FSF’s philosophy and we try to explain what free software means. Keep in mind that we mainly target Windows (and Mac OS) users, most of whom are not familiar with the term “free software”. Asking them to abandon proprietary software altogether may be too much (if at all feasible). We hope that by visiting our website they try GNU/Linux, be it a fully free GNU/Linux distribution or not. In either case it’s a win, because GNU/Linux is still a better choice than Windows or Mac OS, which are mainly proprietary. Users of Ubuntu or Fedora may eventually switch to a fully free GNU/Linux distribution like Trisquel or gNewSense. And users of Ubuntu or Fedora (or any other non fully free GNU/Linux distribution) are still exposed to a huge amount of free software, which may lead to other contributions in free software.

      In short, our ultimate goals is still software freedom, but we try to do so in a way to appeal to a large audience.

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