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Answer to "Linux is communist" comments on Linux Today

Feb 02, 2010, 09:03 (12 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to M. Fioretti for this link. ]

"A few weeks ago I was finally able to put down an English version of a short article I had written in October 2009 about the risks for Italian schools hidden in a deal between Microsoft and the Italian Government. Some days later, almost by chance, I discovered that that translation had been linked from Linux Today and that it had caused a couple of comments that really deserve an answer, for reasons that will be clear in a moment. The comments I refer to are those titled FOSS perception in Italy and ALL FALSE, both reported here for your convenience.

"The first comment says:

"A lot of the trouble with FOSS in Italy stems from a part of the Italian FOSS community itself, which is prone to associate with extreme left wing political parties. This IMO hurts a lot the perception of FOSS here, since that is not true (i.e., FOSS is for everyone). But still, if such people are its public image, the reputation will suffer. Besides, no one said if there were other bidders in such a deal, or not.

"The second is even better:

"this article is **.(i apologize) the italian minister had choosen Microsoft because NO LINUX OFFER HAS BEEN DONE. THE PROBLEM IS THAT NO NOVELL,NO RED HAT MADE AN ALTERNATIVE PROPOSAL TO ITALIAN MINISTER. I want to remember also that students CAN USE OPEN SOURCE software on their Windows machine(open office,vlc,gimp,ecc.) this article by italian communist marco is **. please leave politics out of IT..."

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