Re: FW: [Glug] [Fwd: lpi-caribbean digest, Vol 1 #7 - 1 msg]
- --- In TTLUG@yahoogroups.com, "Vlade Malfet" <blacknwhite@t...> wrote:
> ...we all know the implictions.... question is ..where will we standand what shall we do to get ourselves known............
>pie.............if your REALLY well known people tip all over
> someitmes when your well known, people give you a slice of the
themselves to give you the slices .........
> So...why don't we make ourselves REALLY well known.
- Dave Smith wrote:
> Absolutely ... but it can be more than being "left out". Look at Iraq -Good question. The short answer is that GNU/Linux doesn't fit into that,
> the latest country to be globalised. Invade and then privatise the
> people's economy. They'll steal the oil too - but round the back door
> rather than through the front.
> Where does Linux fit into this?
except for the new GNU/Linux stuff being used in the invading vehicles
(consult last month's Linux Journal).
The longer answer is that, again, GNU/Linux doesn't fit in - but the
underlying principles and philosophy do. That's why the Free Software
Foundation is at the World Summit On Information Society - in the Civil
Caucus (http://www.knowprose.com/mtentries/000552.html is a good start
with good links for those interested in non-techie issues). Not as a
software issue, but rather, as an issue of Freedom. I recall at the FLOS
Caribbean conference that someone behind me in Steve Traugott's last
session on Friday was saying something like 'Linux being great for the
developing world', and I turned around and said 'No. FLOS is great for
the developing world. 'Linux' is only a part of FLOS.' This won me an
estranged and frustrated look as I recall, and I imagine not much has
There's also some irony here because the person who was over in Iraq
post-invaliberation (?!) writing Iraq's new copyright laws was none
other than Rosen. http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/30441.html
FLOS is not only about software either. It's about consumer rights.
GNU/Linux is an arrow. The philosophy is the bow. You need them both to
effectively use either. Perhaps that's why the Open Source Initiative
isn't in the Civil Caucus at the World Summit on Information Society.
And yet, LPI is there as well.
In the end, this is only a LUG, and as such may not be considered by
some to be the proper venue for such a conversation. Yet maybe... just
maybe some of the people here are interested in their rights as
consumers as well. If so, see what the Free Software Foundation is up to
So, maybe GNU/Linux does fit into your question as a proxy for a
philosophy which protects the consumer. GNU/Linux could be termed an
enabler, but without the philosophy, it's a thrown arrow.