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DATE 2008-09-12
FROM Ruben Safir
SUBJECT Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Its a war
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Editor's Note: It Is A War
Sep 12, 2008, 23 :02 UTC (0 Talkback[s]) (476 reads)
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

by Carla Schroder
Managing Editor

GNU is 25 years old this year, and every Linux user on the planet
should take a few minutes to eat a piece of birthday cake and give
thanks. Because it's more than just software. Glyn Moody addressed one
aspect of this in "The Real Reason to Celebrate GNU's Birthday":

"Scientists would typically write a paper for free, submit it to
a journal where other scientists would review it (for free) before the
paper was eventually published, but only to those who paid. Even the
copyright of the paper would belong to the publishing house. Most
ridiculously of all, perhaps, was the fact that the bulk of this
research was paid for the public, through tax-funded grants, and yet any
member of the public who wished to see that work had to pay again -- and
often extraordinarily high sums."

It's that exact mentality that FOSS makes war on. We're always
seeing headlines about war between Linux and Microsoft, between
Free/Open Source software and closed, proprietary code, war between open
exchanges of ideas and putting "intellectual property" under lock and
key. I used to think this was silly hyperbole, and I'll wager the
headline writers do too. But it isn't- it really is a war, and it goes
beyond merely having some meaningful choices in the computing
marketplace. It affects everything that touches us:

Like the right to do what we want with our own property.

Like our civil rights, because government, law enforcement, and
standards bodies would rather toady to proprietary moneyed interests
than put the public interest first.

Like public education- are schools going to teach our kids useful
skills and how to think, or crank out the next generation of
narrow-minded, narrowly-skilled, unquestioning cheap tech labor?

Like US democracy- Diebold changed the name of their voting machines
division, but they're still the same vote-thieving pieces of junk.
Honesty
FOSS keeps people honest. That's the #1 reason there is such strong,
well-funded opposition to it. Honesty is Kryptonite to anyone who makes
their living peddling lies. The big lie that gets my goat every time is
these big tech companies that continually boast of their innovation. All
they innovate are stagnation and barriers to innovation. The poster
child for this is the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child). Whatever you may
think of OLPC itself, it spawned the netbook revolution. All those
titans of industry have had the resources since forever to invent the
netbook on their own. They all badmouthed and undermined OLPC. Now they
can't crank out their own OLPC ripoffs fast enough.
Bravery
FOSS makes people brave, though some take longer than others.
Finally we're seeing the big-name PC vendors tiptoe into desktop Linux.
Though there is still considerable cowardice among hardware vendors, who
are openly supporting Mac OS X more, but are still chicken of Linux.
Yeah, I know all the objections, and they're all bogus- technical
difficulties have little to do with it.
Revolution
Without FOSS we would not have Groklaw, nor any of the thousands
upon thousands of blogs and personal Web sites that write about all the
thousands of subjects that are not addressed anywhere else. This is a
real revolution, bigger than Gutenberg, because "freedom of the press
belongs to those who own one." And "information is power." Bad laws like
the DMCA, and the current ridiculous state of copyright law, and US
patent mess are more insidious than just protecting merchandise- they're
intentional restrictions on free speech. (See "Honesty is Kryptonite".)

We wouldn't even have Apple. Apple was withering until they built a
slick new interface on top of the Mach kernel and BSD.

This weekend I'm going to have a nice piece of birthday cake, and
hoist a glass of milk in a heartfelt toast to all the people in the FOSS
world- the famous ones, the un-famous ones, and everyone who contributes
in some way to the greater good. Call me a mossy old hippie, but I think
that's more worthy of celebration than going gaga over the latest shiny
widget from the reigning robber barons.



--
http://www.mrbrklyn.com - Interesting Stuff
http://www.nylxs.com - Leadership Development in Free Software

So many immigrant groups have swept through our town that Brooklyn, like Atlantis, reaches mythological proportions in the mind of the world - RI Safir 1998

http://fairuse.nylxs.com DRM is THEFT - We are the STAKEHOLDERS - RI Safir 2002

"Yeah - I write Free Software...so SUE ME"

"The tremendous problem we face is that we are becoming sharecroppers to our own cultural heritage -- we need the ability to participate in our own society."

"> I'm an engineer. I choose the best tool for the job, politics be damned.<
You must be a stupid engineer then, because politcs and technology have been attached at the hip since the 1st dynasty in Ancient Egypt. I guess you missed that one."

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  1. 2008-09-03 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] C++ Workshop Const Functions
  2. 2008-09-03 swd <sderrick-at-optonline.net> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] InstallFeast scheduled anytime soon? Thanks.
  3. 2008-09-07 Elfen Magix <elfen_magix-at-yahoo.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Multiple Webservers, 1 IP#
  4. 2008-09-07 Elfen Magix <elfen_magix-at-yahoo.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Multiple Webservers, 1 IP#
  5. 2008-09-07 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Multiple Webservers, 1 IP#
  6. 2008-09-07 Elfen Magix <elfen_magix-at-yahoo.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Multiple Webservers, 1 IP#
  7. 2008-09-07 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Multiple Webservers, 1 IP#
  8. 2008-09-07 Elfen Magix <elfen_magix-at-yahoo.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Multiple Webservers, 1 IP#
  9. 2008-09-07 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Multiple Webservers, 1 IP#
  10. 2008-09-07 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] installing gtk and gtkmm by hand
  11. 2008-09-08 From: =?utf-8?B?SmFzb24gSGFyZG91aW4=?= <jhardouin-at-infoblox.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] =?utf-8?B?Q3JpY2tldCBMaXUgRXZlbnQ6IFBhdGNoIE5vdyBvciBQYXkgTGF0ZXI6IE5ZQywgT2N0b2JlciAx?=
  12. 2008-09-10 Ruben <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Vectors as parameters in constructors
  13. 2008-09-11 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] 9-11
  14. 2008-09-11 From: "Ronny Abraham" <ronny.coder-at-gmail.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] 9-11
  15. 2008-09-11 Contrarian <adrba-at-nyct.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] 9-11
  16. 2008-09-11 From: <mlr52-at-michaellrichardson.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] 9-11
  17. 2008-09-12 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] In case you missed it
  18. 2008-09-12 einker <eminker-at-gmail.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] In case you missed it
  19. 2008-09-12 Elfen Magix <elfen_magix-at-yahoo.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] In case you missed it
  20. 2008-09-12 Elfen Magix <elfen_magix-at-yahoo.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Multiple Webservers, 1 IP#
  21. 2008-09-12 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Multiple Webservers, 1 IP#
  22. 2008-09-12 swd <sderrick-at-optonline.net> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT]
  23. 2008-09-12 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Its a war
  24. 2008-09-12 Elfen Magix <elfen_magix-at-yahoo.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Multiple Webservers, 1 IP#
  25. 2008-09-15 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Gimp Filters
  26. 2008-09-16 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] [malmonte-at-searchedp.com: HP-UX Senior Systems Analyst.]
  27. 2008-09-16 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Free Software Chamber of Commerce: Healthcare Focus] 13 O Aug 11 Jesse Becker ( 26) Re: [Dclug] Results
  28. 2008-09-16 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Next NYLXS Meeting
  29. 2008-09-16 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Meetup.Com
  30. 2008-09-16 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Living On Cat Food
  31. 2008-09-16 From: "Ronny Abraham" <ronny.coder-at-gmail.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Living On Cat Food
  32. 2008-09-16 Ron Guerin <ron-at-vnetworx.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Living On Cat Food
  33. 2008-09-16 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Living On Cat Food
  34. 2008-09-16 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Living On Cat Food
  35. 2008-09-16 From: =?utf-8?B?SmFzb24gSGFyZG91aW4=?= <jhardouin-at-infoblox.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] =?utf-8?B?Q3JpY2tldCBMaXUgRXZlbnQ6IFBhdGNoIE5vdyBvciBQYXkgTGF0ZXI6IE5ZQywgT2N0b2JlciAx?=
  36. 2008-09-16 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Cricket Liu Event: Patch Now or Pay Later: NYC, October 1
  37. 2008-09-16 From: "Ronny Abraham" <ronny.coder-at-gmail.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Living On Cat Food
  38. 2008-09-16 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Living On Cat Food
  39. 2008-09-16 From: "Ronny Abraham" <ronny.coder-at-gmail.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Living On Cat Food
  40. 2008-09-16 einker <eminker-at-gmail.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Lenovo halts online sales of Linux-based PCs
  41. 2008-09-16 Elfen Magix <elfen_magix-at-yahoo.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Next NYLXS Meeting
  42. 2008-09-16 Elfen Magix <elfen_magix-at-yahoo.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Living On Cat Food
  43. 2008-09-16 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] [Events-at-enterpriseannounce.com: Join Us - Exclusive Executive Luncheon]
  44. 2008-09-16 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] C++ Instructor
  45. 2008-09-17 Ron Guerin <ron-at-vnetworx.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Living On Cat Food
  46. 2008-09-17 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Living On Cat Food
  47. 2008-09-17 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] [raj-at-brainlink.com: Followup from our call]
  48. 2008-09-17 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] [malmonte-at-searchedp.com: Website Project/Technical Manager.]
  49. 2008-09-17 email <ray-pub-at-rcn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Living On Cat Food
  50. 2008-09-18 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] NYLXS Meeting
  51. 2008-09-18 richard-at-weait.com Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] NYC Open Source Mapping event this weekend
  52. 2008-09-21 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] DRM is Theft
  53. 2008-09-21 Kevin Mark <kevin.mark-at-verizon.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] DRM is Theft
  54. 2008-09-21 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] DRM is Theft
  55. 2008-09-22 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Meeting Tomorrow
  56. 2008-09-22 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] [Events-at-enterpriseannounce.com: Join Us - Exclusive Seminar at Smith & Wollensky]
  57. 2008-09-23 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] [malmonte-at-searchedp.com: PERL Developer]
  58. 2008-09-23 Ruben Safir <mrbrklyn-at-panix.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Killing a Posted Refresh
  59. 2008-09-24 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Advanced Internet in Jersey City
  60. 2008-09-24 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Glade-- for SuSE 9.4 or 9.3
  61. 2008-09-25 swd <sderrick-at-optonline.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Meeting Tomorrow
  62. 2008-09-25 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Meeting Tomorrow
  63. 2008-09-25 swd <sderrick-at-optonline.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Meeting Tomorrow
  64. 2008-09-29 Ruben Safir <ruben-at-mrbrklyn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Shana Tova
  65. 2008-09-29 Elfen Magix <elfen_magix-at-yahoo.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Shana Tova
  66. 2008-09-29 From: "Paul Robert Marino" <prmarino1-at-gmail.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Shana Tova
  67. 2008-09-29 From: "Paul Robert Marino" <prmarino1-at-gmail.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Shana Tova
  68. 2008-09-29 email <ray-pub-at-rcn.com> Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] wget & mirrors
  69. 2008-09-30 Mark Simko <msimko-at-optonline.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] wget & mirrors
  70. 2008-09-30 Mark Simko <msimko-at-optonline.net> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] wget & mirrors
  71. 2008-09-30 Matthew <mph-at-dorsai.org> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] wget & mirrors
  72. 2008-09-30 From: "Paul Robert Marino" <prmarino1-at-gmail.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] wget & mirrors
  73. 2008-09-30 From: "Paul Robert Marino" <prmarino1-at-gmail.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] wget & mirrors
  74. 2008-09-30 From: "armando fonseca" <afonsec2-at-gmail.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Shana Tova
  75. 2008-09-30 Amy Coleman <acoleman-at-mrbrklyn.com> Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Shana Tova

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