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Re: Resignation

On Wed, May 05, 2004 at 11:56:28PM +1000, Hamish Moffatt said:
> The CIA world fact book has Taiwan listed last, out of alphabetical
> order. How odd.

Odd, but not relevant.  The US doesn't officially recognize Taiwan as
a country, and the Fact Book isn't a standard or even standards-based;
it's a tool intended for use by government employees, and extended
to others as a public-relations issue.

Quietly listing Taiwan last, but without any verbiage proclaiming it to
be part of China, allows Beijing to save face.  This is a very important
consideration for the US.

However, it is absolutely not relevant for Debian.  Pick a standard and
stick with it.  Deviate from it only for documented, compelling
technical reasons.  Anything else is meddling in politics, and while I
encourage Debian developers to meddle in politics, Debian the project
should not, and should not be used as a forum to do so, except in the
case of those political issues that are codified in the Social Contract.

Just my opinion, as a user of Debian.

Shawn McMahon      | "Tell the American people never to lose their guns.
EIV Consulting     | As long as they keep their guns in their hands, what
UNIX and Linux	   | happened here will never happen there." - A female
http://www.eiv.com | student from Beijing, China

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