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Re: [SLUG] Linux-G: Making Linux Hip Again

From the Keep Linux APolitical (KLAP) group (Don't flame me, I'm just
the messenger):

"It has come to our attention that a good many people have been using
Linux in a way that departs from it's charming and photogenic creator's
original intention to make a kick-ass terminal emulator.

"We are horrified to find that a group based in Cambridge, Massachusetts
has even built an operating system around it, with the nauseatingly
soppy, touchy-feely intention of performing some sort of social good.

"As obedient, hardworking, certified professionals I'm sure you
recognise how ludicrously inapprporiate it is to use software in this
manner.  In an effort to minimise the harm that could come from this we
are asking all groups who promote Linux to make the following small

"In all communications, stress that Linux is an academic curiosity, not
part of a replacement for proprietary operating systems.  

"When using Linux to run other software, be careful about naming
conventions: ie. you're not playing Quake, or Quake-on-Linux, you are
playing Linux.

"Distance yourself from 'political' software that often comes bundled
with Linux distributions.  Be careful not to use ls, cat, bash, etc.

"We are sure that these minimal efforts will go a great way towards
dealing with those who would cheapen and distort Linus' inspiring and
powerful philosophy of... erm..."

On Tue, Jun 26, 2001 at 09:36:28PM +1000, Nicholas FitzRoy-Dale wrote:
> Dear SLUG list,
> You have recently recieved an email forwarded from Mr. Richard Stallman,
> founder of the GNU project and worthy of great respect for the amount of
> time he spent making Linux possible when he wasn't rewriting proprietary
> printer drivers.
> The email in question brought to light an issue that appears to be an increasingly
> common theme among communications from Mr. Stallman: it requested that SLUG
> members refer to "GNU/Linux" instead of just "Linux".
> There was apparently some opposition to this suggestion, based on the
> totally ridiculous and obviously narrow-minded idea that to request that
> distributions change their names for the benefit of his organisation, which
> was certainly not the only one that made Linux possible, is actually
> incredibly rude.
> Sadly, totally ridiculous and narrow-minded people appear to be the norm,
> which means that to many people, Mr. Stallman's Web page on the topic
> appears outlandish and silly, the rantings of a crazed zealot, rather than
> the polite, understanding communications that we, as a community, have come
> to expect from the Free Software Foundation.
> With this in mind, and at jdub's urging, I have decided on a compromise.
> Brace yourselves: the name I am proposing just might BLOW YOU AWAY.
> Linux-G.
> That name again? Linux-G. Not only do we appease the ravenous maw of the
> GNU project (in the same way that they appease the omniscient creators
> of Unix by defining themselves as not being it), we also appeal to fans
> of rap music.
> In da house! (As you may have gathered, I rarely listen to rap music.)
> In keeping with another great Free Software tradition - themes - I would
> like to propose a number of other nomenclative changes:
> * "Coders" shall now be known as "Homies";
> * the "Sydney Linux Users' Group" shall be renamed "The hood";
> * Any communication between members of the Linux community and the Free
> Software Foundation shall be referred to as "Rappin' wit' da yak man".
> Please take time to seriously consider this request. It's very important
> that we reinforce what everybody already knows about the GNU project in an
> inconvenient, public way.
> --
> Nicholas FitzRoy-Dale
> http://www.lardcave.net
> PS: Please direct all replies to wzdd@nospam.lardcave.net. I am not on the SLUG
> list.
> "I was going to have a look at Evolution, because I hear that's getting
> better all the time..."
>  - Cate

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