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LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Heroes of the Revolution

Aug 20, 2001, 12:30 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

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"...it would be unfair to imply that most Linux petitioners are like that. Generally, the people organizing petitions are polite, well-mannered folk who are just trying to show that there's maybe more of a market for a given manufacturer's hardware than said manufacturer might have realized without the help of a collection of signatures saying "If you support us, we'll buy your stuff."

The petitioner in this case, though, wasn't polite or well-mannered. The individual in question was rude, demanding, and happy to include in his letter to the editor (that'd be me) his belief that the people manufacturing the product were "total morons for not giving away the specs to their crappy hardware" and that a petition would teach them a lesson they wouldn't soon forget. Evidently, if the letter was to be believed, the petitioner had called up their tech support line and demanded a rundown of the protocols in use on the device, and let them know what morons they were before hanging up.

The wording of the petition itself was equally nasty, if along separate lines that ran more to "condescending" and "threatening," pointing out to the company that it needed to give up the specifications to its hardware right now so someone in the Linux community could go to work making its product work "correctly."

Totally, dude."

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