Very Worried at MS .net

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Wed Jul 18 13:23:39 UTC 2001

On Wed, Jul 18, 2001 at 01:13:45AM +0100, MJ Ray wrote:
> John Peter Tapsell <tapselj0 at> writes:

> > As a hacker, an FS enthusiast, and hard core linux guy, I agree 100%.
> > However, looking at it from a more business side, I have to disagree.

Looking at it from a more business side I think that we have a clear
advantage. We just have to show it to most businesses.

> > It is all political.  It
> > is the politics that will make or break us - not the technical side.

This is something the FSFE has clearly understood.
We try to be a contact point for politicians and companies to
explain to them what our cause is about.

> but in the periphery that makes our public persona
> we do lag behind.  What we need to do is to change our image, to make
> Free Software the people's favourite.  Some might say that we don't
> need to win the beauty contest on the publicity front, but if we
> don't, winning the technical beauty contest may turn out to be
> irrelevant, sadly.  

We do not need to play the same PR-games as companies, 
but we have to communicate our cause seriously for the reason
already given.


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