[FSUG-Bangalore] Blog post on National Conference & Boycott Novell Protest (PART - 1)

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Thu Nov 20 11:48:52 IST 2008

PART - 1



A Glimpse into The FSF Conference - CUSAT

I am a fresher - in all aspects - into FSF. I feel my pulse mount when I
see monopoly, the reason that leads me down here. I was back to my
campus (CUSAT) last weekend when I came to know about this conference
and had the honor of being a delegate for the last two days. But what I
witnessed finally had to be mentioned about, at least to serve my

A Temple of Education - one like CUSAT - esteemed to be one among the
best in the state has been affronted by some recent series of atrocious
incidents happened during the Free Software National Conference -
labeling the students and teachers of this prestigious institution as
erratic and irresponsible, questioning their integrity and devotion. It
has been raised by some 'former students' and some so-called
revolutionaries who love to be addressed as the 'proprietors of free
software movement, supported by a few intellects. 

I, as an alumni and a witness to the roll of incidents take it as my
obligation to comment on it.  The SFI and the CUSAT University Union is
being blamed in the light of the recent incidents that took place. But
the fact that it was SFI who first invited  Richard Stallman (Prophet of
FSF) to preside over the Students Parliament which held on 2004 in
Trivandrum and that it was the CUSAT University Union who made the
platform for him in CUSAT is being deliberately kept under cover. The
tradition of CUSAT B.Tech Students - has been put down! There was a time
when they retorted the monopoly of the big players when the American
Dictator was screeching Iraq with bombs - with pure rejection of
sponsorships from big-names like Pepsi & Coke and moved into the court
raising fund from among them to accomplish their Culturals & Sports.

Let's get into the nerves of this Novell Whim. Only two days before the
conference started did the organizing committee get the sponsorship from
Novell - the reason why Novell's name was omitted from the official
website of the conference. Organizing committee is at an obvious burden
for not letting themselves know who is pouring in such a huge amount -
lack of commonsense, I must say!!! But its beating around the bush, let
me hit on the nail - the fact that Novell's stall appeared in the
exhibition only on Saturday morning while the exhibition actually
started on Thursday, is the ultimate proof that sponsorship from Novell
was confirmed only on Thursday or Friday. It is intriguing that even
after knowing this one of the program committee members himself is
raising the issue that Novell's name was purposefully omitted from the
conference website. This has to be thought off amply.
(To be continued as Part 2)




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Date: Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 5:51 PM
Subject: [FSUG-Bangalore] My Blog post on National Conference & Boycott
Novell Protest
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I blogged about the national Conference & Boycott Novell Protest


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