Microsoft prohibits GPLed work via licensing of CIFS standards

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at
Sun Apr 7 12:28:30 UTC 2002

On Sun, 2002-04-07 at 13:01, MJ Ray wrote:
> Rui Miguel Silva Seabra <rms at> wrote:
> > It isn't fair but that's what's happening. The majority of UK people
> > voted for this government.
> No, only 40.7% of UK voters (and some subjects are not permitted to vote,
> even if they are adults) voted for this government.  It's a long way short
> of a majority of UK people.  They are our elected representatives, though,
> and we must work with them to make them represent us.

No one voted for the current Portuguese governement :0
However, a post election agreement has managed to put in the government
a coalition of a center-right+right wing parties, thus achieving more
than 50% of the deputies.

Still, it's our current governement, duely elected (for better or for
worse) and the number don't really count that much! :(

I agree with you, and in here 

> > MJ, are you from the UK? Who in the UK is raising the issue against
> > software patents (very publicly)?
> At the moment, the only people concerned with it that I am aware of are AFFS
> and CDR -- CDR don't like
> patents on their issues list yet, and AFFS is still young (expect a call for
> members Real Soon Now).  I don't think this counts as "very publicly" yet. 
> The more people who get involved with these two groups, the sooner it will.

This is very important, but it's going to be harder to win in the UK
where there are software patents already than over here.

Hugs, rui

+ No matter how much you do, you never do enough -- unknown
+ Whatever you do will be insignificant,
| but it is very important that you do it -- Ghandi
+ So let's do it...?
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