Fedora: Freedom is a Feature.
jmbabich at gmail.com
Fri Oct 5 20:20:02 UTC 2007
On 10/5/07, Karsten Wade <kwade at redhat.com> wrote:
> If you said to me, "Freedom is a feature of our school," I would
> understand that meaning without knowing the CS-specific context. Why
> wouldn't that apply to the usage in Fedora?
> In other words, knowing the CS-specific meaning adds depth to the
> understanding of the slogan, but not knowing the CS-specific meaning
> doesn't detract from the slogan.
Likewise, a variant on "freedom is a feature" is
"Freedom is a feature, not a bug".
If that is hard to translate due to CS jargon, then it can be
expressed (in English) as
"Freedom is a feature, not a flaw",
which, I believe, conveys pretty much the same meaning with nice alliteration.
What is lost is the play on words from the common jargon saying,
"It's a feature, not a bug".
The point is that "Freedom is a feature" is a good slogan in that it
translates well and provides fertile ground for further elaboration.
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