Attention Free Software Users in the U.S.

Joel Sherrill joel.sherrill at
Tue Apr 2 19:18:58 UTC 2002


I don't step up on a political soapbox very often but this time 
it is necessary.  U.S. Senator Ernest Hollings has proposed an
an ill conceived piece of legislation known as the "Consumer 
Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act."  As written
could lead to the outlawing of open source software.  

I encourage all of you to read up on this bill and doing what you
feel is "The Right Thing To Do(tm)".  The Linux Weekly News
( has a good writeup which includes a
discussion of how this bill would result in GNU/Linux distributions
being illegal in the U.S.  That write-up also includes a link
to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's newsletter which in 
turn contains a link to a form where the Senate Judiciary Committee
is taking online comments


And now back to the regular technical content. :)

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