[linux-elitists] University of EULA?

Don Marti dmarti@zgp.org
Tue Aug 29 10:35:13 PDT 2000


Universities are getting to be bad places for hackers now.

1. "No Linux or Unix in dorms" policies.

2. Mandatory proprietary software to complete class assignments.*
   (and now mandatory proprietary e-books:
   http://www.advogato.org/article/154.html)

3. Mandatory "technology fee" to support proprietary software
   site licenses.

4. Cowardly policies that punish students for posting controversial
   material: http://www.geocities.com/zkarpinski/

5. Asshole professors and grad students who take public money to do 
   research, then patent it for their own startup companies (Larry 
   Page, Ron Rivest)

6. Willingness of researchers to sign NDAs for research money, thereby
   "tainting" students.

7. Culture of bureaucracy incompatible with a free society or a market
   economy

8. Loyalty oaths.**

* hi Deirdre
** hi Seth

Any reason why hackers should "stay in school?"  Maybe we should leave
the universities to English and History majors.

-- 
Don Marti                                No haiku patents
dmarti@zgp.org                           means I've no incentive to
http://zgp.org/~dmarti/         
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