[FOSDEM] Proposition of presentation

Philip Paeps philip at fosdem.org
Sat Jan 7 01:16:15 CET 2012

On 2012-01-06 19:15:49 (+0100), ulrich at cacert.org <ulrich at cacert.org> wrote:
> the FLOSS revolution started some years ago ....
> but without a big bang .... its a silent, but growing revolution

Dentists have been recommending floss since the early 19th century.

> The revolutions in 1789 and 1968 started with a big bang
> but I cannot tell you when the FLOSS revolution started :-P

I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds it somewhat upsetting that you compare
the peaceful development of open source software for the benefit of all to a
violent uprising against authority which led directly to one of the bloodiest
periods in human history.

> Starting 1984 we had an oldtimer in community projects,
> so maybe this may count ?-)

FOSDEM really is not the place for politics or revolutions and while I'm sure
there are some parallels that can be drawn between French revolutionaries and
unnamed members of the Free Software Foundation, even I wouldn't go as far as
comparing them to a reign of terror.

I think we should further the cause of open source sofware by producing better
software.  While civil unrest and revolution have their place in the human
experience, I'd rather not try either of them at FOSDEM.

Please leave your pitchforks and torches at home.  Bring a laptop instead.

 - Philip

Philip Paeps
Senior Reality Engineer
Ministry of Information

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