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TechWeb: Linux Fans Protest Exclusion From Digital Divide Conference

Oct 17, 2000, 13:54 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Bermant)

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The "Creating Digital Dividends" conference, in progress Monday-Wednesday, virtually ignored Linux, resulting in a small protest demonstration outside the exhibition hall."

"Open Source is the real solution to the digital divide," said Tim Hanson, a government-employed accountant who took a day off to lead the demonstration. "People need something they can easily adapt to their own language, and they don't want to give money to American companies."

"Only about six or seven protesters turned out to hold up signs in the rain. Many of them opened the door for attendees as they entered the hall. ... Demonstrators weren't expected to continue through the week, as they said they had to return to their day jobs."

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