I wrote some thoughts about the recent Raspberry Pi 'drama'.
@popey Just in case you weren't asking for flames you had to go and write: "The ‘Linux Community’ is really more like the Borg with a terrible HSDPA+ connection back to the Borg Cube, pulling in different directions, believing their instructions are utterly correct and serving the same Borg Queen."
I salute your bravery!
@popey Ah, I saw a little mention of this and was wondering. Thanks for the explanation!
I'd imagine that purists are already running something other than Raspberry Pi OS* and, therefore, unaffected.
* Probably Debian, although it still needs blobs** to boot: https://wiki.debian.org/RaspberryPi
** Therefore, the ultimate purists will probably not be using a Pi anyway? And might need to skip ARM mainly for now. But, then, most x86 devices also have issues. It's just a giant rabbit hole...
@popey I guess an easy solution would have been to have the Raspberry Pi foundation taking the package into their repository or going for an own/free software build of VS Code to avoid all the license hassle.
There are many ways to achieve the same without putting people's PII into the hands of Microsoft. I thought we had this thing called GDPR that required Privacy by default, but hey, it's after-Brexit time so I guess it doesn't matter anymore.
@popey none, but various courts in Germany as well as the the EuGH: https://www.iitr.de/veroeffentlichungen/datenschutz-im-internet-aktuelle-diskussion-zur-frage-ob-ip-adressen-personenbezogene-daten-im-sinne-des-bdsg-sind.html
IP addresses are considered personal identifiable information. GDPR says design should avoid unnecessary collection of data -> Privacy by design.
Sharing PII with companies in the US that sell ad placements, which Microsoft does, is something I wouldn't call privacy by design.
Not saying it's illegal but less than ideal.
@popey I used to hate Microsoft... before i was even using Windows or Linux. But Linux users would keep warning about EEE. I eventually noticed that Microsoft just got stuck in the Embrace phase while Amazon and Google are already far into the Extinguish phase. Seeing a community attacking the wrong companies is twice as upsetting.
Thank you for writing this. It's things like these that will eventually change people's minds.
@strider The only people I hear talking about EEE are those who were born after it all happened. It's very odd to hear people under 20 years old tell me what happened when I was working on Microsoft systems at the time.
@popey sometimes, I feel like the Linux elders transmitted their hatred for Microsoft better than they transmitted the values revolving around open source.
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