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Democratic Party to exclude GNU/Linux users

questro (802656) writes | more than 6 years ago

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questro (802656) writes "I am a registered democrat with plans to vote for Barack Obama this fall and I am saddened to see that the Democratic convention intends to use restrictive technology that will exclude me and many others from viewing the online content of the convention. I have recently read of plans by Aaron Myers, the DNCC's director of online communications, to use a proprietary Microsoft product called "Silverlight" for video streaming. The article can be found at this URL: http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,146806-page,3-c,webservices/article.html# This technology will purposefully EXCLUDE millions of democrats and others who choose to use the free and open source GNU/Linux operating system. "Silverlight" is not compatible with GNU/Linux and is only available for Win32 or Mac. While Microsoft touts a product called "Moonlight" for GNU/Linux, it is not the same technology and contains a restrictive license that is incompatible with many GNU/Linux distributions. This is by Microsoft's design. Even Senator Obama understands the value of using the free and open source GNU/Linux system as evidenced by the fact that www.barackobama.com is hosted by a Linux system according to Netcraft. http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph?site=www.barackobama.com I urge the Democratic Party to reconsider this technology choice before millions of citizens are excluded."

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Moonlight is actually GPL... (1)

Annymouse Cowherd (1037080) | more than 6 years ago | (#23880227)

or at least the runtime libraries are. The licensing page for Mono (including Moonlight) says:

We use three open source licenses:

        * The C# compiler is dual-licensed under the MIT/X11 license and the GNU General Public License (http://www.opensource.org/licenses/gpl-license.html) (GPL).

        * The tools are released under the terms of the GNU General Public License (http://www.opensource.org/licenses/gpl-license.html) (GPL).

        * The runtime libraries are under the GNU Library GPL 2.0 (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/library.html#TOC1) (LGPL 2.0).

        * The class libraries are released under the terms of the MIT X11 (http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.html) license.

open source governance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23880341)

Well, it's not like Obama is on the side of open source governance or anything genuinely cool like that.
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