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LinuxPlanet: .comment: TechnoPolitics

Oct 18, 2000, 13:38 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

"But there's another argument, a practical one. There are some things at stake that matter, or ought to matter, to Linux users and to those to whom Free or Open Source software is important. In fact, like it or not, the community has been shot through with political issues all year."

"Does Napster matter to you? UCITA? Are you comfortable with Carnivore? Do you ever worry about online privacy? Do you really think that a breakup of Microsoft would accomplish anything one way or the other? (Hint: It wouldn't. There are effective punishments available, but splitting the company isn't among them.)"

"These issues are all going to be resolved in the next few years -- some by the courts, some by legislation, some by executive decree. Do you know where candidates stand on these things? Why haven't they been asked? You don't, and the reason you don't -- the reason the questions haven't been asked -- is that the community has been voiceless."

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