[TriLUG] White House response to FOSS petition?
neilson at windstream.net
Thu Feb 2 05:59:15 EST 2012
On Thu, 02 Feb 2012 01:17:08 -0500, Kevin Hunter <hunteke at earlham.edu>
> Hullo List,
> This whitehouse.gov petition ...
The petition looks broken.
- The title suggests that the government's policies regarding software are
a major cause of the national debt. "A sentiment open to doubt," as
- In my view it hardly differs from a religious tract recommending
official support for one religion over another. Does anyone ever base
action on the content of religious tracts?
- It appears to be a request that rms be made Software Czar based on an
assertion of his moral character.
- It attributes a PhD to rms, something I'm pretty sure he lacks: "(e.g.
Dr. Richard M. Stallman of Boston, MA)"
- It's not possible to remove one's approval from such a petition, even if
the petition is later modified or subverted.
- Appointment of Bill or Melinda Gates as Software Czar could easily be
presented as fulfillment of the wishes of the petitioners.
- What prevents the Czar's creation of a new agency, the FOSS (Federal
Open Software Service), and of the crime of creating or distributing
"Be careful what you ask for. You might get it."
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