[linux-elitists] University of EULA?

kmself@ix.netcom.com kmself@ix.netcom.com
Tue Aug 29 11:15:12 PDT 2000


On Tue, Aug 29, 2000 at 10:35:13AM -0700, Don Marti wrote:
> Universities are getting to be bad places for hackers now.
> 
> 1. "No Linux or Unix in dorms" policies.

Where?

> 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)

A time-honored tradition.  Actually, many schools manager their IP
fairly stringently.

> 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/         
> whois DM683     Software patent reform now: http://burnallgifs.org/
> 
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