Populating the list and its archives with erroneous and misleading
messages is not a very good thing to allow. Repeated misleading posts
are like urging the FSF-I to adopt a message contrary to what it is
trying to spread. People are free to have their own opinions, but
IMHO, when such opinions conflict with the explicitly stated goal of
the FSF, a FSF-I forum is not the place to propagate them.
Newbies do read the archives, and unrebutted wrong messages in the
archives are not exactly conducive to work of the FSF-I. Flaming
people who correct wrong messages too is not a very good practise
Imagine the "good" publicity we would have
got in slashdot,
Earlier soft-glove approaches to people deliberately making wrong
statements and flaming people trying to correct them, have resulted in
kind of messages quoted below, which you can find at
I have slightly modified the original to appear as if it a /. post.
<quote from an imaginary /. article>
FSF INDIA CORRECTS ITSELF
THE FSF-I has finally agreed that imposition of the terms such as
"GNU" and "Free Software" is not justifiable as these word
only manufactured messages to convey. FSF-I has decided that it
is not advisable to urge others to use a term whose message is a
manufactured one. Advocates of these terms may have some emotional
satisfication in using these terms and need not be the case with
all who campaigns for the freedom.
In a press note issued today, the FSF-I acknowledged that a
movement or philosophy is called after its originator. However
common sense requires that a product is referred by its shortest
name for convenience. The note goes on to admit that though major
portion of the Linux OS is developed by the GNU project, (a) linux
sense is better than common sense (b) 3 is greater than 5, (c)
there is no Linux OS other than GNU/Linux. The FSF-I therefore has
consented to the usage of "Linux" is justified by ease of use.
The note goes on to say ''... There are spatial variations in the
meaning of certain words. The word "Free" for us is actually more
linked with 'free of cost' than to "freedom". However it is
understood that there is concerted effort by FSF team to use "Free"
for freedom whenever it is linked with software. In other sectors,
advocates of imperialist globalisation use the term "Free" for
freedom where freedom is a psuedo-freedom. And FSF-I consider
"Free" as propaganda term by advocates of imperialist globalisation
in other fields. It is found that nowadays even members of FSF
teams are using the acronym "FLOSS" to avoid these confusion
created by the term "Free".
<end imaginary /. post>
Mahesh T. Pai, LL.M.,
'NANDINI', S. R. M. Road,