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OT: Free Software and politics (Was: Re: *UNAPPROVED* dpkg nmu)

Marek Habersack <grendel@debian.org> wrote:

>> Blame the Excited States of America.
> Will you cut that bullshit? All of you? What the hell does politics do on a
> _developer's_ mailing list? First RMS stating that FSF/GNU was about
> politics and now, as if it wasn't bad enough, people jumping to each other's
> throats because of political (or rather pseudo-political) reasons. Grow up,
> please. Don't forget that all of us here are not governments, countries,
> nations etc. - we are developers supposed to work the fuck together. So if
> you can't resist discussing (or shouting about, or mumbling, rambling,
> whatever) politics, ethnics, ideology and whatnot else - go and do it over
> the phone, on irc or in a pub. But do not let that affect this project and
> (yeah, big words, I know) the open source (_including_ FSF/GNU despite the
> RMS opinions).

Well, I agree that this list is not a good place to discuss
governmental internation policy, as it does not produce any goods. 

But please, do not pretend Free Software has nothing to do with
politics. You can hide the truth behind the wording Open Source, but
computers are now a central part of our societies, and how computing
knowledge is shared (or not shared) have many many consequences on our 
societies. And politics are about nothing but how societies are to be 

Mathieu Roy

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