[TriLUG] White House response to FOSS petition?
Joel J. Adamson
adamsonj at ninthfloor.org
Thu Feb 2 08:41:52 EST 2012
"Peter Neilson" <neilson at windstream.net> writes:
> - The title suggests that the government's policies regarding software
> are a major cause of the national debt. "A sentiment open to doubt,"
> as Dodgson said.
Definitely, as financial cost-saving is neither convincing nor the real
goal. The real goal is ethical cost-saving.
> - It appears to be a request that rms be made Software Czar based on
> an assertion of his moral character.
I doubt he would take the job!
> - It attributes a PhD to rms, something I'm pretty sure he lacks:
> "(e.g. Dr. Richard M. Stallman of Boston, MA)"
He has several honorary Ph.D.s from universities all over the world.
> - 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
> non-FOSS-approved software?
> "Be careful what you ask for. You might get it."
These are all good points.
Joel J. Adamson <adamsonj at ninthfloor.org>
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Free Software Foundation Member #8164
Join the FSF: http://www.fsf.org/jf?referrer=8164
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