|FROM ||Dave Williams
|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] Re: [fairuse] Re: [Marketing] Re: Open Source for National and Local eGovernment Programs in the U.S. and EU
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Subject: Re: [hangout] Re: [fairuse] Re: [Marketing] Re: Open Source for National and Local eGovernment Programs in the U.S. and EU
From: Dave Williams
To: Russell McOrmond
Cc: "David A. Wheeler" , Ruben I Safir , fairuse-at-mrbrklyn.com, dev-at-marketing.openoffice.org, Richard Stallman , hangout-at-nylxs.com, fairuse-at-nylxs.com
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On Mon, 2003-02-17 at 09:32, Russell McOrmond wrote:
> You need to realize that this applies equally to those organizing a
> protest as those organizing eGovOS. Those organizing a protest are no
> more "representing the community" than those hosting the event, although
> the event itself does appear to represent a large number of those in the
> community thought of as leaders.
> The opposing views have been heard. I think it is time for you to move
> on. Microsoft will be at eGovOS to talk about their opposition to Free
> Software via the Shared Source initiative which is the polar-opposite of
> Copyleft Free Software. If you want to take the high-road you can offer
> well-written pamphlets to people that clearly (and not as a rant) explain
> the differences -- we are after all the folks who are known for sharing
> information freely with people.
> Alternatively, if you want to help make Microsoft look like 'the good
> guys' and 'the stable people to work with' you can protest the organizers
> of this event. This will simply be seen as in-fighting, and will show
> badly on our entire movement.
> There isn't much any of us can do other than ask that you put
> considerable thought into any actions. I believe everyone here is trying
> to promote Free Software. It should be a concern to you to hear that
> others with the same goals are disagreeing that some intended actions may
> backfire against that shared goal.
Yes, I need to realize these things. I need to keep quiet and follow
along with the crowd. Otherwise I'll just make people look bad.
Yes, they are rounding those people up, but they're a minority! Don't
complain or draw any attention to us! I'm sure the people in charge
know what's best.
Yes, they are taking our money and putting soldiers in our houses and
stealing our land, but just be quiet about it! Maybe one day they will
give us a representative in the government.
For shame, Mr. McOrmond. Your love of sweeping generalizations
embarrasses me far more than dissent.
New Yorker Free Software Users Scene
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