[FSUG-Bangalore] Blog post on National Conference & Boycott Novell Protest (PART- 2)

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PART - 2 

                               (This is a continuation of PART-1. So
first read PART-1 and then read PART- 2)



A Glimpse into The FSF Conference - CUSAT

I understand the passion the free software activists had while
protesting against Novell, an outflow of grave anti-dominion feel. But
this was not the way, especially considering that the protest against
Novell was lead by a member of the program committee - there should've
been some morale. 'NOVELL' was the next important thing after the
conference from Saturday, considering the gargantuan 20x30 backdrop hung
in the main stage. I must say, being humble enough to proclaim that I
possess some basic common-sense that it is next to unbelievable that
among the 15 - 20 people behind the BOYCOTT NOVELL MOVEMENT, not even
one of them saw this banner. I remember Mr. Arkky (the cameraman in the
exhibition hall) who send a mail about this, and many others retorting
about this 'UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT' but present in the inauguration
ceremony. As per the hierarchy of incidents, the fact that Novell had a
hand in sponsorship was realized too late by them, too difficult for me
to accept considering the above facts, and even if they knew it early,
instead of resorting to cheap publicity methods and making a mess of
things they should've shown the sense of making it clear with other
committee members like Anil and Deepak who have made their points clear
through blogs and mails before. But they fled with their say-sos and
made the innocents from MEC & TCR Engg College partners of their crime -
conspiring how to make a huge mess out of the whole thing. Some ALUMNI
did approach the organizers but not to gather support for BOYCOTT NOVELL
movement, but to escape the hands of the volunteers for the chaos caused
by these so called revolutionaries. Novell put up their stall only after
giving the sponsorship cash to the organizers. I won't be able to digest
the reason - even if I get one - why one among the program committee
member himself lead this anarchy!!!!!!!.

Why I call it a beautiful drama, I'll speak about later - but after this
drama of incidents I had a casual chat with the organizers of the Novell
stall. They actually thanked the protestors - how wonderful - as the
whole incidents boosted up their publicity. People who knew nothing
about Novell now know everything about it - the very purpose of stalls &
publicity. 'Boycott Novell' posters were pasted in many stalls
forcefully. Banners welcoming the delegates put up on behalf of the
various associations like Cochin University Employees Association and
Cochin University Teachers Association etc had no escape... Dr Bhasi, a
highly honored faculty of CUSAT, when trying to obstruct the chaos that
ensued in the exhibition hall was probed about his authority in the
matter. It is demeaning to note that a former student stooped to such
low levels as to ask such a respected man to remove the posters himself.
I do take this as an opportunity to express my heartfelt regret at such
an action. Even the University Security Officer, Mr. Suresh Babu - an
extremely student friendly officer, was assaulted by questions about his
authority and was asked to show his identity card - how appalling for
him, for us. Volunteers, pushing away their exam pressures going on
throughout this month did an awesome job to make the whole program a
grant success - their dedication and commitment to the principles of
such a movement being the driving force. Unfortunately they too weren't
spared. The 'former students' who did witness a variant of such an
atrocity during Culturals and Sports can have a better understanding, I
suppose. (To be continued as PART - 3)




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From: Anivar Aravind <anivar.aravind at gmail.com>
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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Free Software Users Group - Bangalore <fsug-bangalore at mm.gnu.org.in>,
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I blogged about the national Conference & Boycott Novell Protest


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