[SATLUG] This list Linux/Political

Todd W. Bucy toddwbucy at grandecom.net
Tue Jan 8 14:41:13 CST 2008

> This begs the question: what if somebody brings up a topic like
> software patents or licensing issues related to playing DVDs on your
> linux laptop? While not purely technical in nature, both topics could
> be relevant to a discussion about open source and both are certain to
> involve politics. Could a person get banned for discussing such a
> topic? What about discussing legislation being considered in Great
> Britain that would outlaw any software/hardware tool that might
> possibly be used for unlawful purposes, even though they can be used
> for lawful ones? I am sure you understand where I am going with this.
> Topics that involve linux and open source are not always entirely
> devoid of political relevance. Certainly Richard Stallman could not be
> considered apolitical.
> ~Nate

this is my point exactly.  almost every time a topic as gone off the far
end it started with just such a topic.  Yes we all have an interest in
these topics but they are not technical in nature they are political. 
Politics is not just Red vs Blue.


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