Ubuntu turned me to Linux last year, and now I want to take the GPL thing further. It seems that Ubuntu, like BLAG, have stepped aside to allow gNewSense to be the dedicated free software distribution for the time being.
Well, I'm not so sure about that assessment. Gnewsense does a very good job of being a dedicated free software distribution, but I think BLAG does as well. I've personally done a bit of work to clean out the linux kernel (alexandre oliva has now picked up this work) and I spend plenty of time making sure the repos have free software only. Ubuntu outright *adds* non-free software to their distro.
Since you've skipped past 80K, am I right in assuming that there won't be a stable new release in the next three weeks during semester break when I have the time to set up a new system?
Only "alphas" of 80k were released. Part of that was due to me spending a good chunk of time on the kernel. A stable release in the next 3 weeks would roool, but I'd be surprised if it happened. Actually, things are reasonably close--I hope to push out a beta here RSN. You can use the 90k alphas if you are comfortable with apt/yum/rpm.
Thus, I'm thinking that I'll be sitting on gNewSense for the next semester and then I'll have another look around in summer. As much as I'd love to be attached to the distribution with the website that tells you how it 'works to overthrow' ("I'm using the anarchist O/S in my bedroom" I tell people regarding my second computer running 70K) before it starts assuring you that it's just as easy as windows, I still might be able to say that I can do all I want to do using free software and it works real well.
Heh, cool. :)
Does this rationale make sense?
Sure, if you want a "stable" release, but realistically the currently 90k alpha *runs* fine, it's just a bit crufty to install.