I have a Dell XPS 15 laptop and until recently, I was using Linux Mint without any major issues. However, I decided that I should take the next step forward and use a completely free software compatible distribution. I tried Trisquel and found that I lost my wireless Internet access simply because there are no free drivers for the Intel Wireless-1030N card that came with the laptop.
Thankfully though, I was able to purchase a wireless card with free drivers from ThinkPenguin. It arrived in the mail today and it worked immediately as soon as I fixed it. Now, a few hours later, I have finished setting up my Trisquel installation and I am enjoying it. The best part is that I actually find Trisquel more aesthetically pleasing than Linux Mint. So if you are in the same boat as me, I recommend you install Trisquel too; it looks great, it works great, and it respects your freedoms.
It’s amazing how people challenge things that are often taken for granted. In this instance, it’s copyright. It’s something that I, for a good part of my life, thought just existed; something that is not questionable; something that promotes innovation and all that. Imagine my surprise then when I see websites like QuestionCopyright and people like Nina Paley. Their basic position seems to be that copyright should not exist, that it’s unjust and actually hinders innovation. According to them, I should have the right to copy and share a piece of work, to edit it, to sell it for a cost, all without first requiring permission from the author.
The best part is that these people actually do believe in what they preach. Just look at this post from Nina Paley:
Please don’t ask my permission to re-use my work. YOU ALREADY HAVE PERMISSION. Please copy, share, re-use, redistribute, edit, modify, sell, etc.
I have to admit, this is extremely intriguing to me and I like what I am hearing. I need to read up on their position and figure out what they really are for. In any case, this seems to be a very passionate movement so I expect them to only grow in numbers in the coming years. Some of these women and men are already about to start a foundation and discussions are taking place on what the name should be (see this). I guess it’ll most likely be called the Free Culture Trust and I can’t wait to see the things they will produce.