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Re: eGovOS conference in D.C.; I'm not attending that

From: Derek Neighbors
Subject: Re: eGovOS conference in D.C.; I'm not attending that
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 14:38:25 -0700 (MST)

David Sugar said:
> I recall that I originally had offered to help with a gnue presentation
> at  eGovOS this year.  For a number of reasons, and contrary to previous
> plans,  after reviewing the circumstances of the eGovOS event, I have
> chosen this  afternoon not to attend this year's eGovOS conference in
> mid-march after all.   I think Derek may well guess some of my reasons
> for making this decision.   Instead, I am considering extending my visit
> to Prague next month by several  mire days, especially if it would help
> enable further discussions with their  government and the Czech free
> software community in promoting the development  and adoption of free
> software in the public sector by the Czech national  government.  I may
> also try to see some of thier city.

I was going to email RMS and what was up with this conference as he at one
time seemed to have a relationship with Tony Stanco, but figured best to
leave well enough alone.

I fully agree that the event should be boycotted by GNUe and anyone else
that is sick of seeing Free Software slowly being eroded into "Open
Source" software and further watered down to "Shared Source" software,
that negates the whole purpose of being of Free Software to begin with.

It is a shame as the conference is a good idea, but sadly I think poor
judgement is being exercised. :(


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