Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 14:20 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu This could potentially be quite big for Ubuntu and Linux in general. Canonical and the Chinese government have announced a collaboration to build a version of Ubuntu specifically for the Chinese market, which will become the reference architecture for standard operating systems in the country.
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Use of Open Source Science for Tyranny
by hackus on Sat 23rd Mar 2013 18:01 UTC
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At first I was horrified, but then realized that if the Chinese do adopt open platforms and socialization processes to build open software, it may be a profound eye opener to change the countries political direction. The reason? Secrets. Secrets, are the basis for tyranny in all governments. Open source can't work when secrets are employed.

Furthermore, it becomes extremely obvious when those secrets are employed and the communities reaction is usually "F*ck You".

Although as it is right now, companies are using open source in military applications to execute people in the most heinous and cowardly ways through the use of drone warfare.

So maybe I am mistaken, after all I live in a country which already executes its citizens without due process and is widely accepted by its citizenry, with no demonstrations and very little fan fare.

In response, I have frequently proposed all open source technology in hardware and software, as a terms of license, forbidding its use in any sort of military organization.

With perhaps the exception of Alien invasion. (Nuke'em from orbit. It is the only way to be sure.)

;-)

-Hackus

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