Re: Debian conference in the US?
On Sun, 25 May 2003 02:24, Ed Cogburn wrote:
> >>Well, didn't work that way last time...
> > They got their second choice.
> I never chose Little Napolean and he wasn't on my alternate list either.
Something between 49% and 50% of US voters wanted the Shrub as president.
> Please stop assuming everyone in a given country actually agrees with
> what their government has done or is doing. This is the most
I don't assume that everyone agrees, just the 49.X% that voted for him.
> distressing aspect of this thread: Debian is (supposed to be) a group
> of intelligent, like-minded individuals whose individual nationality or
> origin is largely irrelevent. There should be only 2 requirements for a
> conference: someone is willing to sponsor it, and enough people are
> willing to come to make it worthwhile.
Which is what I have said, repeatedly.
> This idea that conference
> locations need to be vetted based on the politics of the host country is
> dangerous and stupid. What Debian is about has nothing to do with
> individual nations or their politics. We should be better than this.
Be glad that I never suggested that the conference be held outside the US for
Someone asked why people would want to decline an opportunity to visit the US.
I answered the question. A bunch of USians started jumping up and down and
the thread has continued ever since.
The most amusing thing was that no USian even bothered to ask me whether I am
implementing such a boycot myself, they just made their assumptions and
jumped into the flame-war.
My purchases of US products have not changed of recent times, they only things
from the US that I want are made by Intel, AMD, IBM, and Ford. Three of
those companies have no viable non-US competition.
For avoiding entering the US there are better reasons such as the following:
http://www.coker.com.au/selinux/ My NSA Security Enhanced Linux packages
http://www.coker.com.au/bonnie++/ Bonnie++ hard drive benchmark
http://www.coker.com.au/postal/ Postal SMTP/POP benchmark
http://www.coker.com.au/~russell/ My home page