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Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Ubuntu !free

From: Noah Slater
Subject: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] Ubuntu !free
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 21:05:03 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.17+20080114 (2008-01-14)

On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 08:52:40PM +0100, MJ Ray wrote:
> Please play the ball, not the man.

My point was clearly important in general one and not a personal one.

As a young white male it would be a weird line of attack. :p

> As a young white male, there's also a lot of funding that is closed to him.

Funding that exists to attempt to redress the imbalance in our society.

> I suspect life's still easier if you look WASP [...]

Yes, and I suspect it is not negligible.

My only point was to offer a little perspective on how hard things can be.

> Network effects.  The bank's crap software works better with other
> software from the same supplier, so it encourages the bank's customers
> to abandon their freedom.  Slightly surprised Stallman stated that.

I see no compelling ethical or societal reasons why a company should be
obligated to share the source code for it's in-house software systems.

I own a substantial collection of media, both electronic and physical. I have
paintings, poems, essays and other creative works I have produced over the years
for my private enjoyment and use. All these things exist in my house or various
other private places that I control.

I see this situation as analogous, do you think I am ethically obligated to
share all of these private or personal things with you?

Noah Slater - Bytesexual <http://bytesexual.org/>

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