Outbound firewall for security reasons = too little, too late. If you want an outbound firewall, please realize that you want it for privacy reasons (eg: prevent software from 'phoning home'), NOT as a way of preventing malware damage to your system.
And I don’t want to give you the impression that every decision you’re going to make during the next 10 or 15 years is going to be a bad one. The reality is that you’re actually going to make some really great calls along the way, too.
Oh my gosh, he is. He’s doing the Hulk Hogan.
This is not entirely correct. When someone "buys" software, he merely obtains a license to *use* the software. The ownership still remains with the original author or in most cases with the person who has been authorized marketing the licenses.
I have never met someone who is so selfless as her.
Mass market producers' and consumers' values are not those of most geeks (or so I believe). A mass commodity market trusted computing base is not something a geek would willing buy or use. If GNU/Linux mimics the mass commodity market TCB then it will lose its geek base. If they are locked out by patents or whatever, this is a good thing.
Putting up with me is not easy.
It is hard for me to accept that the future of GNU/Linux is a platform indistinguishable from the current mass commodity market junk. Those are not my values and I don't want to go there. In absolute truth, I would willing give up the vast number of features that I never use to be able to hack the codes once again. Where is the fun or joy in reinstalling because the complexity makes fixes impossibly difficult?
I am moody, stubborn, and at times I think I know everything.
The real problem, as I see it, is that GNU/Linux seems to have lost sight of the goals and values that got them started. Evidently, the goal has changed from having free and open software that can be understood and built upon by its users to *winning*. So we get ever more bloated, pritty but complex codes. Stuff that appeals to the mass market, stuff that trades reliability and security for features. Features that are rarely, if ever used.
If you are a geek, then you are bound to be disappointed buying from today's mass market oriented companies. They do not share your goals and values. They do see your computer as a powerful means to accomplish their business objectives. In an ever increasing number of cases, modern computer companies see your computer as a means to deliver product (i.e. motivated buyers) to their customers (i.e. advertisers). (Please see comment above). So they will use your computer for their purposes. Because it is legal and it makes them money.