Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Apr 2007 18:12 UTC, submitted by FreeRhino
GNU, GPL, Open Source "When free software supporters participate in the French presidential election on April 22 for the first round of voting, they will have information that may be unique in the world: position statements from all major parties on issues about free software, copyright, patents, and digital rights. Even more surprisingly - at least from a North American [ed. note: or the rest of Europe, sadly] perspective - a majority of the candidates have heard of these issues and developed positions on them."
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RE[4]: Corporate whore
by nicholas on Tue 24th Apr 2007 20:17 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Corporate whore"
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>If Sarkozy wins, the people of France should be ashamed of themselves.

A thoroughly political statement for a computing website.

Regarding the subject at hand. Discussion of these candidates other policies is not what should be done here.

Insults aside, that is a fairly extreme position to take because someone doesn't believe in Stallmanism.

I speak as a developer and a teacher of higher education.

Students should be taught a range of tools, not a particular product.

From your comments I can only assume you think students should be taught only one product per task.

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RE[5]: Corporate whore
by mmu_man on Tue 24th Apr 2007 20:43 in reply to "RE[4]: Corporate whore"
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> Discussion of these candidates other policies is not what should be done here.
Notwithstanding his political side, Sarkozy was the one responsible for the "Vivendi Universal ammendment" to the DADVSI bill, which transposed the EUCD directive (EU's own DMCA wannabe). His party voted en-masse the bill without even trying to understand the underlying matter, and I won't even talk about the government's supported lobbies that invaded the parliament, which might seem normal in the US, but unthinkable here.

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