BadVista action & BBC looking for Linux advocates in debate

t u towsonu2003 at
Thu Jan 25 20:04:29 UTC 2007

I got the attached email from the BadVista campaign but I think the
following link might serve nicely to promote Linux:

"On the BBC web site in the technology section, the BBC is trying to
find advocates for Windows, Mac OS and Linux to debate the merits of
their chosen OS in light of the introduction of Vista. The comments on
the page so far are mostly from Mac and Windows fans. It would be good
if some of the more experienced guys from this forum, signed up to this
to give a bit more balance to the debate."[1]



[[PS. Sorry, couldn't resist CC'ing to ubuntu-devel-discuss. Who would
be better in discussing the merits of Linux than our devels :) ]] Campaign News wrote:
> Join in New York City for two actions to coincide with the
> Microsoft Vista launch on Monday, January 29th at 11am and 2pm. They will take
> place near Times Square and near Grand Central.
> Let us know that you can make it by emailing info at Include your
> name, email address, and phone number, so we can keep you up-to-date -- if you
> already have an FSF account ( with this info in
> it, then just let us know your username.
> Be sure to forward this post to friends and bring them along.
> If you can't make it to New York City, there will be other actions for you to
> take part in to show your support on January 29th and 30th. We'll be sending
> out more details, but if you already know you want in, send your name, city,
> email, and phone number (or your FSF user name) to info at
> The Backstory
> =============
> In an open letter to computer users, Bill Gates asked everyone to share their
> "wow moments":
>   As we prepare to launch Windows Vista...I'd like to invite you to share your
>   wow moments with us. While you explore this Web site to learn more about
>   Windows Vista, please help us celebrate the dawn of a new era by taking a few
>   moments to share some of the wow moments you've already experienced.
> would like to take Mr. Gates up on his open invitation. But since
> the Web site Microsoft set up to collect the "wow moments" doesn't work with
> free software browsers, we decided to deliver our message in person.
> Conveniently, Microsoft is hosting a two-part high-profile launch event near
> Grand Central and in Times Square in New York City on Monday, January 29th,
> featuring a keynote by Steve Ballmer. That's not too far away from us, so we
> thought we'd show up and share.
> Turns out, they don't want to hear your "wow" moment unless you are important
> and have an invitation. We asked for one, but we were refused:
>   Dear Mr. Sullivan,
>   Thank you very much for your e-mail and for your interest in the Launch
>   Celebration. Unfortunately, because of the limited capacity, additional
>   invitations are not being offered.
> So, we won't be inside the event. But we'll be there. We need you to be there
> too -- and it's OK if you don't have an invitation. Come join us in sharing a
> "wow moment": the realization that Vista imposes restrictions we simply won't
> accept on freedoms we value.

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