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Re: Definition of COUNTRY (Was: Resignation)

@ 05/05/2004 11:40 : wrote Wang WenRui :

The 2nd screen of d-i:

    /---------------------[Choose *country*]-----------------\
    | Choose your country:                                   |
    |                                                        |
    |  China                                                 |
    |  Hong Kong                                             |
    |  Taiwan                                                |
    |                                                        |
    |                                                        |

This is ridiculous. Nobody calls Hong Kong a country.

Hong Kong was *leased* to the British, who, very rudely overstayed their lease period.
It has now returned to being, in all ways, a part of mainland China.
To state it as a separate entity, is both rude and ignorant.
This aspect of the installer is out of date and inaccurate, and in so being, requires to be changed.

Internationally, and for some time now, in a manner which would appear to lend some stability and credence to the situation, Taiwan has been recognised as a separate nation. While that is the scenario, it would perhaps be in Debians' best interests to adhere to that, rather than entering into the realm of radical political statement.

Leave the flags out of it completely. Flag-burnings are a feature of most political demonstrations these days because they are, and always have been a political statement.

Leave the Chinese situation to the Chinese to manage.
They were doing it within the structure of an advanced civilisation, at a time when the rest of us were wearing animal skins, and running around with blue mud on our faces.

Free software is, by its' nature, a political entity in its' own right.
This does not mean that we permit Debian to be employed as a political tool, by any parties that have their own agenda, and could well just use Debian to its' detriment.


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