[ubuntu-za] Use Open Source? Then You're a Pirate!

David Robert Lewis (ethnopunk) ethnopunk at telkomsa.net
Thu Feb 25 11:23:35 GMT 2010

Helge Reikeras wrote:
> Kinda funny how their govt sites are run on FOSS...
> http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph?site=whitehouse.gov&probe=1
> - Helge
> On Thu, 25 Feb 2010 09:39:41 +0200, William Walter Kinghorn  
> <williamk at dut.ac.za> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I found this on slashdot.org
>> http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/02/24/1812244/Use-Open-Source-Then-Youre-a-Pirate
>> links to this page  
>> http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/feb/23/opensource-intellectual-property
>> William
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Using Ubuntu could mean we all on the wrong side of the law? Sounds very 
Orwellian to me. Something I would expect in Soviet Russia. Nobody 
forced me to use Ubuntu. I've been hounded for merely suggesting there 
were alternatives to proprietary software. In fact the M&G refused to 
publish an article I wrote back in 1991 which  advocated software 
freedom. A shortened version was published by South.

For years I had to suffer the indignity of being left behind in the 
techology race. In fact I almost gave up living on the right side of the 
law and embraced the XP modded world, cracking and stealing software 
when I could. Then Ubuntu came along and offered a way out of the 
vicious cycle.

The IIPA is the face of greed if ever I saw one, and they are not 
capitalists but robber barons who want a form of socialism for the rich. 
This is very similar to the cartel behaviour you see in broadband and 
energy markets. I wish there was an Ubuntu for electricity.

If you worried about these issues, then join ZA-FREE on Facebook and 
campaign for FOSS rights.



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