Three recent problems with packages in the last stable release of Debian GNU/Linux (“Lenny”), brought me face-to-face with what is still a major obstacle for acceptance of free software on the desktop: contempt for the values of the people who use it. Despite all the accusations of unfair trade practices or other excuses, this remains as one solid reason why free software is still perceived as “geeks only” territory. If we want to progress further, we’ve got to improve our attitudes. More here
So what exactly happened to make me frustrated enough to write this? Well, this year I upgraded my main Debian system from “Etch” to “Lenny”. Of course, I did this to take advantage of new and improved packages (and they are there — much of this experience was positive). Sadly, this upgrade also broke a lot of stuff.