[Fsf-friends] a clarification needed

Senthil Sundaram (sensunda) sensunda at cisco.com
Mon Nov 17 22:35:05 IST 2008


0) why did folks have to do a day long workshop with "Novell" and
"betrayers of the free software community". What more than refusing to
particpate and not cooperate...

1) why did many leading free software folks including fsf folks , have
to participate in a event which such traitors 

2) yes its my opinion the racket which was created earlier and now - is
a bit out of propotion - and things are not as plain - as we are asked
to believe - and 

3) a democractic protest is valid - correction of errors is valid -
boycott novel is valid - but not throwing your own baby with the water. 

4) I am seeing 2 sets of rules - one for the organisers and the other
for the organisers who were also protesters when convinient

5) why is there so much going back and forth : on 'hijack' - why is this
becoming a pattern - of stating something and then retracting - if folks
are  so fed up - why put weak defences - come out strongly and openly -
we atleast wont be confused  

In solidarity


"Where are the advocates of freedom in the new digital society who have
not been decried as pirates, anarchists, COMMUNISTS?"  Have we not seen
that many of those hurling the epithets were merely thieves in power,
whose talk of ``intellectual property'' was nothing more than an attempt
to retain unjustifiable privileges in a society irrevocably changing? "
- Prof Eben Moglen 


James Mathew full timer of fsf, india writes the following in slash dot


This is an interesting story from Kerala, India, where the ruling
Communist Party organized a national conference in its efforts to hijack
the Free Software Movement, which has enviable roots in the state. 


James of FSF has said that in his personal capacity that he feels that
the cpim orgnaised the national conference..i guess as he has not
retracted this opinion he still holds it 

Sasikumar sir writes :


I am writing this mail since my earlier mail is being interpreted to
mean that the CPI(M) is trying to sabotage the Free Software Movement in
the country. That was not at all what I meant. Since I wrote it in a
hurry as I am on the verge of leaving on a rather longish journey. I
don't think a large party like the CPM would try to capture a small
organisation like FSF India. But the convention has several known CPM
leaders (such as Dr. Debesh Das) and CPM supporters (such as Sri N.
Ram). So it would appear that the people who are doing this have a CPM
background. Why they would want to create such a problem, god only
knows. I am sure the top brass in the party would never knowingly permit
such activities. I am sorry if I sounded otherwise.

V. Sasi Kumar
Free Software Foundation of India

Our own Anivar sent a mail titled : A CPIM Hijack of Free Software



However Anivar in a later mail in regards to the kochi event said: 



I feel the slashdot comment is diverting the Free Software Issue and
portrays unwanted fight between Free software movement & Communist
party of india, a biggest supporter of Free software Movement


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