It’s awesome to see Mark’s announcement of Gobuntu (or should that be Ubuntu Freedomware Remix?). I personally haven’t been that interested in a totally Free distro as there are often non-Free apps, drivers, or firmware that I like to use, but Gobuntu might actually get me more into a purist mood. I probably won’t try it on my laptop (Atheros wireless) but I’d love to see companies selling “Gobuntu Compatible” machines and might try it on my desktop machine.
Anyway, back to my main question. It must be the incredible aroma of software freedom in the air, but Gobuntu brought up thoughts of BitKeeper and Linux for some reason . By that I mean, if Gobuntu developers will be using Launchpad and tools like Merge-o-Matic (closed source applications built by Canonical that are used for Ubuntu) to build Gobuntu, isn’t that sort of defeating the purpose? I’d love to hear Mark’s thoughts on this as I think it might come up a lot (it does already with Ubuntu) and I’m not sure what to think about it. On one hand I want to say “Who cares? As long as the end result is what you want why bother.” However, the “ends justify the means” pragmatic attitude has somewhat of a philosophical hollowness when the whole point of Gobuntu is that we can build a whole operating system built on free and open source software.
 You can get a brief overview of the story on the BitKeeper Wikipedia page
P.S. I’m also a little confused about the relationship between gNewSense and Gobuntu. I thought they were the same project but it seems not. Do we need both?