"KDE will soon be releasing version 4.0 of its desktop
environment. But KDE has a deep, dark secret--it engages in
slavery. Actually it's not a secret, they tell you straight up,
they use slaves throughout its infrastructure. And since February
is Black History Month in the U.S., I feel compelled to speak out
against this injustice. Slavery anywhere is a threat to freedom
everywhere, even in software.
"For those of you who don't know KDE uses routines it calls
IO-Slaves to perform various interface tasks. When I first heard
(about 3-4 years ago) that KDE named these routines 'slaves' I
thought to myself, here we go again. I went onto some KDE forums to
get them to use some other terminology for these routines. I (and
others) obviously couldn't convince them to change this terminology
then, but maybe I can tweak their consciousness now to reconsider
the message they are putting out behind the use of the slave
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