[Fsf-friends] Fwd: [FSUG-Bangalore] Blog post on National Conference & Boycott Novell Protest (PART - 1)

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Thu Nov 20 12:00:12 IST 2008

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Date: 2008/11/20
Subject: Re: [FSUG-Bangalore] Blog post on National Conference & Boycott
Novell Protest (PART - 1)
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                                                                  *PART - 1*

Glimpse into The FSF Conference - CUSAT*

I am a fresher – in all aspects – into FSF. I feel my pulse mount when I see
monopoly, the reason that leads me down here. I was back to my campus
(CUSAT) last weekend when I came to know about this conference and had the
honor of being a delegate for the last two days. But what I witnessed
finally had to be mentioned about, at least to serve my mindset.

A Temple of Education – one like CUSAT – esteemed to be one among the best
in the state has been affronted by some recent series of atrocious incidents
happened during the Free Software National Conference - labeling the
students and teachers of this prestigious institution as erratic and
irresponsible, questioning their integrity and devotion. It has been raised
by some 'former students' and some so-called revolutionaries who love to be
addressed as the 'proprietors of free software movement, supported by a few

I, as an alumni and a witness to the roll of incidents take it as my
obligation to comment on it.  The SFI and the CUSAT University Union is
being blamed in the light of the recent incidents that took place. But the
fact that it was SFI who first invited  Richard Stallman *(Prophet of
FSF)*to preside over the Students
Parliament which held on 2004 in Trivandrum and that it was the CUSAT
University Union who made the platform for him in CUSAT is being
deliberately kept under cover. The tradition of CUSAT B.Tech Students - has
been put down! There was a time when they retorted the monopoly of the big
players when the American Dictator was screeching Iraq with bombs - with
pure rejection of sponsorships from big-names like Pepsi & Coke and moved
into the court raising fund from among them to accomplish their Culturals &

Let's get into the nerves of this Novell Whim. Only two days before the
conference started did the organizing committee get the sponsorship from
Novell - the reason why Novell's name was omitted from the official website
of the conference. Organizing committee is at an obvious burden for not
letting themselves know who is pouring in such a huge amount – lack of
I must say!!! But its beating around the bush, let me hit on the nail - the
fact that Novell's stall appeared in the exhibition only on Saturday morning
while the exhibition actually started on Thursday, is the ultimate proof
that sponsorship from Novell was confirmed only on Thursday or Friday. It is
intriguing that even after knowing this one of the program committee members
himself is raising the issue that Novell's name was purposefully omitted
from the conference website. This has to be thought off amply.
                *(To be continued as Part 2)*



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Date: Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 5:51 PM
Subject: [FSUG-Bangalore] My Blog post on National Conference & Boycott
Novell Protest
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