[CS-FSLUG] From openSuSE yesterday.

Fred A. Miller fmiller at lightlink.com
Wed Jan 18 23:24:24 CST 2012

Members, contributors, friends, people.

End of January the US Congress will vote to pass two laws, the "PROTECT
IP Act" (PIPA) and the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA). If these laws
pass they would enable copyright holders to get court orders against
websites accused of doing or facilitating copyright infringement. So far
so good, the openSUSE Project is against copyright violations.

We are a community that provides free and easy access to Free and Open
Source Software. We innovate, integrate, polish, document, distribute,
maintain and support one of the world's best Linux distributions. We are
working together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of
the worldwide Free and Open Source community. And in this community
there is no room for copyright abuses. This however does not mean that
the end justifies the means. We at openSUSE are opposed to the proposals
because we depend on our users to not only be able to freely and openly
contribute their code but also their opinion and other information. Why
that is threatened by these proposals, you can read over at the EFF[1],
or watch this video from Fight for the Future[2]

We hope the decision to blackout openSUSE.org will educate people around
the world about this issue that threatens the basics of the internet,
will make some US based contributors, friends and users contact their
representatives in congress and inspire others to join the strike.

The openSUSE Board


[2] http://vimeo.com/31100268

"Socialism is so bad a system that not even the Germans could
make it work".

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