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LinuxMall.com: FSF's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose, Part 1

May 30, 2000, 19:20 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greta Durr)

[ Thanks to Greta Durr/LinuxMall.com for this link. ]

"On the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation's Web site, there is a translation of "free software" in Esperanto: libera softvaro. Esperanto? The last time I remembered seeing anything translated into Esperanto, I was a purple-haired teenager looking for a bathroom in a Spanish bus station. Like many North Americans with Esperanto, I was unaware that the sign on the wall contained cultural implications beyond the WC's location."

"I have since learned more about Esperanto and other movements that draw together individuals from various cultures to establish a common ground. Such rare forums allow strangers who might not otherwise share much in common to create communities that readily accept people, based more on their strengths, beliefs and convictions than their hair color, restroom option or vehicle choice."

"To newer free software community members such as myself, the differences between its universal cause and that of the globe's Esperanto enthusiasts may not seem very far removed."

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