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[Fsfe-france] Re: 01net Conference (December 20)

From: Bernhard Reiter
Subject: [Fsfe-france] Re: 01net Conference (December 20)
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 15:20:06 +0100
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It is a success that Fred is invited now.
He should address the problem if he decides to speak there.

It is always a hard question to decide if an event
is worth boycotting or participating in if the
general circumstances of the event are not favourable.

Unless the event is _clearly_ using foul practices,
most people will not understand if be boycott it,
even when there is a good reason to do so.

So me rule of thumb is that Fred should use the opportunity to 
even enlight more people about what the Free Software community
is really about and participate at the round table.
A lot of people have not heard enough about Free Software and the
motives behind it to really have an educated opinion. 
Each person knowing more about Free Software and the movement
after the round table will be a win for us.

The other consideration is time.
If this happens too often it might take up our time needed for other
things. As I understood that table it important, so it might be
worth the time.


On Fri, Nov 30, 2001 at 03:03:56PM +0100, Loic Dachary wrote:
>       Finally Frederic Couchet was invited.
>       I thought about this and it was discussed in the past days
> on the address@hidden mailing list. It occurs to me that being
> invited at the round table is probably not the best strategy in this
> case.
>       All speakers belong to the proprietary world and will discuss
> about Free Software with a proprietary software vendor / user angle. 
> Frédéric will be the only Free Software representative present and
> whatever he says during the round table will not change the tone of
> the conference.
>       I tend to think that participating to the round table will
> have the effect of blessing the conference as a Free Software event
> where it really is a proprietary software event talking about Free 
> Software.
>       Instead I thought it would be better to inform people going
> to the event that it is a proprietary event. It can be done by publishing
> an article on various news sites and distributing it to people attending
> the conference. I include a draft of the article, in French, with an
> automated translation that will allow you to grab the basic idea.
>       Please let me know if you think this strategy is flawed for
> some reason.

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