[chirp_users] Grumpy old man.

Michael Downey N2UN
Fri May 8 07:58:34 PDT 2020

On Fri, May 8, 2020, at 07:47, Dennis Wage wrote:
> Have fun. 

As hams, I have never understood why there seems to be such widespread hostility (or even apathy) toward Linux-based operating systems.  Our technical legacy is in making our own gear, tinkering, tweaking, adjusting, and "hacking" solutions to technical problems. Linux-based operating systems are the only ones whose software licenses fully allow such activities. As such, we should be champions of its use. With more and more digital modes becoming frequent and predominant, we should work hard to ensure there is more software with free and open source licenses like CHIRP, and more support of free and open source operating systems based on Linux to run them. As much as we work to protect our right to experiment with radio hardware, we should also be working to promote our right to the same experimentation and exploration with software.

Even if folks don't realize it, Linux runs critical things in every part of your life. 99% of the Internet runs on Linux. Airplanes, public transportation systems, military & defense systems, your home WiFi router, even things like cars and appliances are more and more relying on Linux behind the scenes to ensure they work correctly.

Although my current HT's are not supported by CHIRP and I'm not a developer to be able to get them to that point, I am incredibly grateful for those working on full Linux support. Thank you! :-)

Michael Downey N2UN

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