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Official -- Open Source Martyr and Hero

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This guy deserves a medal. In China, he took a bullet for Open Source and Free Software by raising a sign at a recent Microsoft Vista promotion at a university, running right in front of Bill Gates. He also shouted, "Down with Microsoft Monopoly!" as he darted across the stage. He was then tackled by security.

Sadly, the man may end up in solitary confinent for the rest of his life. We may never know. Last word I hard was that all the people in Tienamen Square's protest have been executed, so it wouldn't surprise me here to see China do something terrible to this guy.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/04/20/open-source-protestor-crashes-bill-gates-speech-in-china/

My opinion entirely -- We need to do more of these things across the world. Any time someone from Microsoft gives a speech, we need to do exactly what this guy did.

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terrible

Yikes. That's a bit harsh of a punishment, even though he shouldn't have gone on stage.

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It's interesting to see what

It's interesting to see what the PRC is turning into, it is now only Communist in its structures of governence, with policy becomming more and more capitalist. A few years ago (well maybe 15) I highly doubt Mircosoft would ever have had such an event. A harsh punishment reflects the PRC's desire to have links too 'Western' companies and to shed its psuedo Communism even more.

a thing you say "even though he shouldn't have gone on stage" is your lodig behind this that it harms Free Software to be seen as just 'anti-Micrsoft', because it was rude, or because it might put a valuable Free Software contributor in a situation they may not be able to contribute?

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Maybe doing what he did was

Maybe doing what he did was not the wisest thing to do, but when you look beyond the surface and prejudices, every now and then it happens that somewhere and through someone a desperate desire for freedom bursts making that someone do something most people would never do and would even consider foolish.

So to some people he will be a hero and to others a clown, but one fact is undeniable. He cared enough for what he believes in to risk his normal life for. This is something worth respecting.

As for combining capitalism and communism the way China does, I think this is the worst kind of combination because it lets government get away with lucrative corporate deals, including deals with proprietary software monopolies, without allowing people to oppose this at all.

So what you get is a society ruled by governments and corporations at the same time. If government wants to put DRM and RFID chips everywhere to completely control its people (like in 1984) corporations will be at their service.

It is also interesting to see how this situation makes proprietary software more and more obviously anti-capitalist and pro-communist. I mean, I hope proprietary software apologists will soon start realizing what darn idiots they were for believing proprietary software model had anything real to do with capitalism. Where is the free market?? What the frak is Microsoft doing here then? Isn't free market supposed to be free of monopolies?

All it takes is opening their eyes, which most seem quite unwilling to do.

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why he shouldn't have gone on stage

He shouldn't have gone on stage because it was rude, made the chances of him getting in trouble go way up, and could be used as propaganda against free software saying all its supporters are crazy, rude, and interruptive.

He should've done what RMS did here.

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Somehow I don't think doing

Somehow I don't think doing what RMS did would have saved him much of the trouble. Even RMS almost got in trouble with police. So would it really make any difference in China?

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I totally support what this

I totally support what this guy did. Smiling Freedom has one side effect, it pisses people off. Smiling No matter what you say, someone will be offended; so forget who you'll offend and just make sure your message is clear.

I really hope people rally around this man, in China and around the world.

For Freedom!

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