[Fsf-friends] Use of Windows by some speakers

Arun M arun at gnu.org.in
Sat Dec 13 19:52:21 IST 2008

Dear Friends,
 Thanks for pointing out that some of the speakers used proprietary software
in FSFS conference. It is a serious mistake and
I will be taking this up in organising committee of the conference to ensure
that this mistake is not repeated.

I talked to the person in charge of the technical track and he said two or
three speakers in technical track used proprietary operating system.
It seems that they had their development environment setup in their laptops
with proprietary OS hence wanted to use their laptop.

Unfortunately no one pointed out this at the venue. Otherwise we could have
corrected there itself. Most of the free software activists
were spending their time in Policy track and exhibition.

In the policy track, participants objected to speakers when they took
position which was not acceptable to free software

I request my friends to raise voices when ever you see these kinds of
mistakes. By raising your voice and protesting,
we will be able to better educate others. Mistakes can be an opportunity for

Couple of other points raised in blogs:

1. I dont think it is wrong to show windows like theme in the exhibition.
2. One blogger try to ridicule free software activists as fanatics. Another
blogger finds fault in stating that free software is a social movement.

Warm regards
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