When Good Agendas Turn Bad - Linux/GNU, etc

Declan Naughton piratepenguin at gmail.com
Wed Jan 24 20:08:54 CET 2007

On 1/24/07, Richard Franks <richard.franks at drdc-rddc.gc.ca> wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-01-24 at 18:19 +0000, Declan Naughton wrote:
> > On 1/24/07, Richard Franks <richard.franks at drdc-rddc.gc.ca> wrote:
> > > How about we let our Agenda be the cool technology and innovation
> > > instead?
> >
> > So freedom has nothing to do with it?
> >
> > I wouldn't be too surprised. I read some nice stuff from Sean alright,
> > but IF you just wrote an apt description of "our Agenda", it would
> > seem, as isn't unusual, that freedom is offered only such that it
> > helps towards "cool technology and innovation". At that, naturally,
> > this wouldn't be a great place to suggest using GNU/Linux instead of
> > Linux (and I for one wouldn't be too slow to drop it :) .
> I have my own opinions about freedom, which I'd be more than happy to
> engage in via personal email.
> But I didn't join this list to talk about freedom, I joined this list to
> talk about interesting technology and innovation.
> Your Agenda is as relevant in this context, as a discussion about gay
> marriage, religion or abortion.
> Signal or Noise - it's your choice.
> If this were a community designed for debating "Freedom according to the
> FSF", then all would be good.. but I see this continual Agenda pushing
> as destructive to the community.
> The "Free Your Phone" post was perhaps the most interesting announcement
> we've had yet - Sean thinks we're going to be building the foundation
> for Ubiquitous Computing - I think he's right, but this positive message
> was completely overshadowed by an external Agenda and childish
> bickering.
> Richard

When I hear from Sean that freedom discussions are offtopic, I'll
gladly unregister. I got the idea that freedom WOULD be on OUR agenda
- not only mine and a good couple of others. If that was ill informed,
I apologise and I will be out.

Thanks for letting me know, though.

Declan Naughton

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