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PCWorld: Quiet Protest Marks Open Source Event

Mar 19, 2003, 20:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Free software advocates protesting the decision to include Microsoft Corp. at an open source and government conference showed up in American Revolutionary War uniforms and passed out a few flyers Monday but otherwise didn't cause much of a ruckus.

"The six protestors were at one point asked by a security officer to leave the building on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, but when they refused the officer didn't push the issue. The protesters, led by Ruben Safir, president of New York Linux organization NYLXS, passed out a one-page flyer headlined 'Beware the false advocate!'

"The flyer, complete with quotes from Revolutionary War leaders, accused Tony Stanco, organizer of the conference Open Standards/Open Source for National and Local eGovernment Programs in the U.S. and EU, of selling out the ideals of the free software movement. Safir and the others were protesting Stanco's decision to allow a Microsoft representative to speak about the company's shared source initiative here. Free software advocates see shared source as an imitation of open source, available to few privileged Microsoft customers..."

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