[FSUG-Bangalore] slashdot article "Boycott Novell ProtestersManhandled In India"

Anivar Aravind anivar.aravind at gmail.com
Mon Nov 17 14:04:36 IST 2008

On Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 1:43 PM, Senthil Sundaram (sensunda)
<sensunda at cisco.com> wrote:

> Then I see Shyam K , from MES - say the following in slashdot ::
> "HI, Myself one of the protestors of boycottnovell protest happened in
> kerala. I would like to summarize some points here.
> The event was not organized by the Communist Party. Communist Party is
> promotting Free Software on several occasions and they have a good stand
> on Free Software. The event organizers are as seen here at the event
> site http://nfm2008.atps.in./ [nfm2008.atps.in] Some of the organizers
> were not having enough exposure to the Free Software world. That
> actually led to the situation of Novell being the platinum sponsor of
> the event. The whole problem is because of the igorance of the
> organizers on the subject. The organizers mishandled the subject without
> realizing the issue, as they have little knowledge about the issue
> raised by us.
> Our concern was about Novell, and we wanted the general public to know
> the truth. For that we raised the posters telling them the reasons of
> boycott Novell. We didnot boycott the event. We did participate the
> event and tried to correct the organizers and tried to pass the correct
> information to the public. The organizers didnt realize this and they
> took their position with Novell due to their ignorance. and this
> mishandling of this issue caused the problems.
> Anyway the organizers [nfm2008.atps.in] (CP(I)M is not among the
> organizers ) owe an appology to free software community regarding this.
> I think the way slashdot presented the issue is misleading. This is not
> an issue between Communist party and Free Software people.
> On behalf of the protestors "
> Shyam K

The above comment by shyam is the common stand of protesters including
me. I was in Thrissur, in my home with no connectivity. While some SMC
friends informed about the content of Slashdot & I communicated with
shyam and other people participated in the boycott novell campaign and
asked shyam to post the above as our common stand.

I feel the slashdot comment is diverting the Free Software Issue and
portrays unwanted fight between Free software movement & Communist
party of india, a biggest supporter of Free software Movement

In bangalore campaigns i feel we dont need to split on these unwanted
fights. we have to work together for promoting Software Freedom


Any responsible politician should be encouraging a home grown Free
Software industry because it creates the basis for future jobs.
Learning Windows is like learning to eat every meal at McDonalds.

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