Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I saw this LXer thread yesterday, and decided not to comment. Then I thought about it again last night, but decided not to blog it. Then I had a hard night sleeping, and this morning it popped up again. What was bothering me?
Oh, yes, my conscience.
My conscience tells me that it's the wrong thing to do, to silently stand by while people are insulted, maligned, and degraded for offering their honest opinion in a polite manner.
We howl with indignation when Dell tells us to get lost despite twenty thousand of us asking for a non-Microsoft option on their computers. We overwhelm Digg with posting a 128-bit number simply because we've been told not to do so. We protest the US government's passing of increasingly restrictive media-control laws. And we have built the concept of a Free and Open Source software society through GNU, Linux, BSD, the FSF, and the EFF - why? Because we wanted to have our own say about our computers, and not let a billionaire have all the control.
So, when a gang of bandits is shaking us down for money and tells us, with blistering vitriol, to go to Hell when we simply ask for some input into how the money is spent, why are we suddenly lying down and taking this?