[linux-elitists] [susette@blackwellsf.com: SEEKING LINUX USERS FOR DOCUMENTARY STYLE PHOTO SHOOT IN SF]

Brooklyn Linux Solutions CEO ruben@www2.mrbrklyn.com
Mon Mar 19 09:39:52 PST 2001

This is interesting because when we were at the NY LINUX EXPO
I spent a lot of time with IBM people trying to explain the
problem of the Spyware Hard drives and being pro-Linux
in one quick motion.  I had some success, and some less success.
One employee got upset and emailed a complaint to Jim Gleason
.... imagine that....

Anyway - It's such hypocracy to push Linux and spend so
much money on it while undermining it at the core with
hardware development which will prevent reverse engineering
and inforation sharing!!!

It's like the Bear to the Fish... Yes _ we love fish - 
we protect fish -

Fish taste good!!

The whole community, IMO, is being foolish about IBM.
Until they commit to fighting the Spyware initiatives...
we should avoid them like the flu.... or HIV


> Tabinda N. Khan writes:
> > The producer is going to put Don (and maybe Seth
> > and Sam?) in touch with some people at IBM so they can give them clueful
> > advice on issues IBM can address in order to gain some credibility in the
> > community.
> Don's top three were software patents, software patents, and DRM
> initiatives.
> I forwarded Don the link to the LPF's old piece "Software Patents: An
> Industry at Risk" which has interesting bits from an IBM lawyer about
> how they mostly use software patents defensively, not to make money.
> And it quotes Greg Aharonian on the statistic that (as of 1992) IBM
> was far and away the largest holder of software patents.
> I suggested that the availability of specs for hardware is still an
> issue, although IBM has been much better about this than some other
> vendors.  Still, it's worth paying attention to, for example with a
> policy (if none exists) to ensure that open source drivers for all of
> IBM's mass-market hardware can be developed.
> IBM can't have been happy when some of its ThinkPads were criticized
> for having incomplete Linux support; they could avoid that risk in the
> future with an appropriate policy.
> First I thought that this campaign was just going to be about stirring
> up interest in free software outside the Linux community; then it
> turned out that IBM was interested in showing off its own commitment
> to Linux, too.  Given that, Don is right to suggest that addressing
> substantive issues of community concern is important.
> Some IBM cheers for open standards committees (does T13 count?) could
> be nice too.  For example, does IBM have recent work in the IETF that
> it can showcase?  Can IBM explain to the public why technical work
> done as open standards is a good thing?
> -- 
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> Temp.  http://www.loyalty.org/~schoen/  | have leisure; for perhaps you will
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