[Fsf-friends] Item-9 in Open Source Definition

Raj Mathur raju at linux-delhi.org
Thu Nov 27 08:03:13 IST 2008

On Thursday 27 Nov 2008, Mani A wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 2:10 AM, Praveen A <pravi.a at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 2008/11/26 Raj Mathur <raju at linux-delhi.org>:
> >> Er, would you have some data to back up that statement?  If you
> >> mean organised crime is technically advanced, sure, I have no
> >> quarrel with that.
> I could have used 'Many' instead of 'Most'. But I meant to include
> entities like the 'US Government ' and their agencies in the term
> 'organized crime industry'.

Even better, let's include ``computer users'' in the term ``organised 
crime industry'' then the connection between proprietary software 
development companies and organised crime will be totally clear and 
unassailable!  And since some terrorists are computer users too, we can 
now also state that the proprietary software companies foster, support 
and are heavily connected with terrorism.

OK, now let's find some way to blame those nasty software corporates for 
global hunger, holes in the ozone layer, the terrible water situation 
in Simla and Amitabh Bacchan's lack of acting talent.  I have full 
faith in the ability of the linguists and logicians in this list to 
warp languages and concepts into any form required to prove their 

> There are plenty of known cases in proprietary software for
> elections, hedge funds and ... Desktops/servers : )

So... if Diebold had used GNU and Linux on their controversial ballot 
machines would we have been discussing the connection between organised 
crime and free software?

FWIW I still don't see any facts coming out, so I'm dismissing your 
statement about the connection between proprietary software and 
organised crime as pure, baseless FUD.  End of posts on this thread 
from my side unless some reason comes into the picture.


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