The log of someone struggling to avoid the use of non free software
Free Software Banzai!
This morning my laptop did not start. A bit of a problem, since I had to show the new Eclipse plugin to the co-worker/customer
A quick rush to the HW mantainance guy and in few minutes we set up a replacement box with my laptop HD and a live GNU/Linux distribution CD. Not the most comfortable environment around but at least I was back on the track.
What saved my ass was that I work with a Free Software OS and tools. The HW guy was free to download a live Linux distribution CD. He was free to give me a copy. And in all those years there was nothing preventing me to gathering the skills (a very few ones indeed) i needed to set up a bit of tools so that I can work with this CD based GNU/Linux (almost) in the same way I work with my custom tailored environment.
Yes, you could build yourself a (NameANonFreeOS) live disk, but you can’t download it whenever you need one. And I am not if that is completly legal…