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Boycott Novell Protesters Man-handled at National Conference on Free Software
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| Here is blow by blow account of trouble that brewed up on the second
| day of National Conference on Free Software 2008 in Cochin university.
| The activists put up posters against the Novell Corp (the main sponsor
| of this event) at the Free Software exhibition complex.
‘Boycott Novell’ boycotted from Free software conference!!!
Free Software Activist Man-Handled
National “non-free” Software Conference @ CUSAT
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| A free software activist and former student at CUSAT, Anivar Aravind was
| manhandled today (16/11/2008) by the “National free software conference
| organizers” @ CUSAT with assistance from the states police forces, for his
| peaceful protest against the “Novell Sponsorship”. The free software
| conference is backed by CPI(M), the ruling left party in Kerala.
| Q2. What is the problem with NOVELL?
| Novell doesn’t respect the free software philosophy and works against the
| interest of the community. In short we are against Novell because of the
| 1. Novell helps Microsoft more than it helps GNU/Linux.
| 2. Novell still insults competing GNU/Linux distributions and Sun’s
| Openoffice.org. (Read more)
| 3. Novell & Microsoft’s software patent agreement betrays rest of free
| software community, including the very people who wrote the Novell’s own
| system, for Novell’s sole financial profit. (Read more)
| 4. Novell helps Microsoft’s fight against Ajax, web standards, SVG by
| supporting Silverlight & implementing its GNU/Linux version. (Read more)
| 5. Novell supports Microsofts proprietary standard OOXML.
| 6. Novell is pushing Microsofts patents to GNU/Linux and cheating Free
| Software Community.
| 7. Novell is the biggest promoter of MONO in Free Software Development.
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