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Re: TV-Programme about FOSS

It wasn't bad at all. They devoted plenty of time to Stallman, even
carefully explaining the four freedoms. Perens was also on, and they
highlighted some of the major open source projects. Sure, they had a guy
from Microsoft, but the overall FUD level was very low.
There was not much detail about schools, and what there was concentrated
on being able to spend money on equipment instead of software, and how
free software might enable the poor to "bridge the digital divide".

In fact the only negative feeling I had was that they were tending to
present FOSS as being a solution in poor countries only.

It was good to see lots of clips of linux screens in use! I think I
spotted  a thin client in the middle of a network boot.

sorry I didn't record it. It caught me unprepared.


> Am Donnerstag, den 11.05.2006, 12:00 +0200 schrieb vegard:
>> On Thu, May 11, 2006 at 11:56:54AM +0200, David C. Weichert wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > BBC-World has a programme on FOSS, featuring comparison between
>> > Micorsoft and Free Software products in schools, especially in
>> countries
>> > like Brazil and African countries.
>> >
>> I didn't get a chance to see it, but someone who did, said that the
>> program was bad. Extremely bad. It linked FOSS to piracy, with much
>> FUD about that. FOSS people were a bunch of freeloaders.
>> I might be exaggerating, as I didn't see it, but it had much confusion
>> about the links between FOSS and pirated software.
>> Someone should counter it.
> This is interesting, afaik RMS has an appearance. The more curious I am
> to see for myself.
> Kind regards
> David

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