Switching a friend to Ubuntu

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Thu Jan 21 16:07:34 UTC 2010

>> One of the developers of Linux Mint personally insulted me and my
>> nation. He also specifically asked that we do not use Linux Mint. I
>> really don't know why he releases his software under the GPL, then,
>> but in any case I will respect his wishes and not use his software.
>> Nor do I recommend it to others.
> Just out of curiosity, I'd like to know what happened, ad I've recently
> been considering using Mint, but I dont want to get involved with a
> community that likes to ostracize users (thats what MS is for). If you'd
> prefer, you can email me off-list to continue that particular
> discussion... and if you don't want to, that's also fine. Let me know.

I just mentioned it two posts back (5 minutes ago, but you wrote 12
hours ago!) so I'll recap as I'm not sure if you read all the list
mail. One of the Mint devs recounted a common and easily refutable lie
about the Israeli government to the official Mint website.
Furthermore, he requested that we not use, donate, or contribute to
Mint. I encourage everyone to respect his request, not just us!

I am not one of these hyper-sensitive OMG ANTISHEMIZZZZM
over-reactors. You will see me jump at the chance to help Arabic users
with RTL issues whenever I see them and I always invite them to CC me
personally with RTL issues. Because that is how Jews and Arabs
perceive each other here in Israel: as brothers who must help one
another. Although there are extremists on both sides of the fence,
including in both Arabic and Israeli governments, 99% of the
population wants to wake in the morning, work, eat, and play with our
children in peace. Only the biased media makes it look otherwise. And
yes, I have been to Ramallah, Jenin, and Gaza in Palestinian homes and
seen it from "the other side". The grass is neither greener nor more
extremist there: it's the same grass. We suffer when they suffer, and

Dotan Cohen


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