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Q0. Why the fuss?
A free software activist and former student at CUSAT, Anivar Aravind was manhandled today (16/11/2008) by the “National free software conference organizers” @ CUSAT
with assistance from the states police forces (UPDATE from Anivar: State Police force wasn’t used), for his peaceful protest against the “Novell Sponsorship”. The free software conference is backed by CPI(M), the ruling left party in Kerala.
Q1. What is a free software?
According to GNU, “FREE SOFTWARES” are those softwares which gives its user the following freedoms (Read More).
Q2. What is the problem with NOVELL?
Novell doesn’t respect the free software philosophy and works against the interest of the community. In short we are against Novell because of the following.
Q3. What can I do?
There are both short term and long term goals. Short term goals include protesting the organizers’s act either by forwarding this to your friends or posting about the issue on your blog.
The long term goal includes creating awareness about the “Evil Novell” and boycotting all Novell products. Read about the boycott in this site.
Q4. I heard you were an ardent Communist and now you are talking against CPI(M)?
Yes! what you heard is right and I am still a Communist. That doesn’t mean I will be supporting CPI(M) for all their deeds. This case is a clear hijacking and dilution of Free Software Philosophy.
I would like to see CPI(M) and the left parties supporting and spreading free softwares. But before that they should understand what exactly is a “Free Software” and respect the community.
1) ‘Boycott Novell’ boycotted from Free software conference!!! by aswinatgec.
2) Free Software Activist Man-Handled by jainbasil.