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LinuxMall.com: Geeks, Guns and Linux in the Streets

Jun 21, 2000, 18:57 (37 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greta Durr)

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"When a LinuxFest organizer approached Eric S. Raymond to collaborate on hosting a Geeks with Guns session to kick off this year's festivities later this week, he said he wasn't counting on tapping into community outrage over one of its icons' affair with potentially lethal weapons."

"Since word has gotten out about the gatherings, respondents on sites such as Slashdot and Linux Today have occasionally posted their own virtual firestorms on the subject of geeks and guns. Some readers have even suggested that news regarding the event should be censored. "A lot of non-Americans (and probably even Americans too) get very offended by being associated with the `guns movement' [activity] of people like Eric S. Raymond," posted Mads Bondo Dydensborg on Linux Today. "I know I am asking for trouble here, but really, Eric and others' attitude towards guns is considered almost sick where I come from, and IMHO should be suppressed by media like Linux Today. I am sure you could have mentioned LinuxFest without mentioning the guns."

"Greg Palmer, who issued the event's announcement is president of event sponsor Mobius Marketing. He said on Friday that he had spent the morning answering a number of "nasty e-mails" lambasting the event and criticizing Raymond for being a gun enthusiast."

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