[Linux-aus] Boycott HP

Bret Busby bret at busby.net
Wed Sep 3 15:19:01 UTC 2003

On Wed, 3 Sep 2003, Gary Allpike wrote:

> Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2003 14:19:41 +0800
> From: Gary Allpike <spice at spice.net.au>
> To: linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au
> Subject: [Linux-aus] Boycott HP
> <dons flame proof undies>
> <steps up onto soapbox>
> http://news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,7136627%255E15306,00.html
> Wouldn't it be nice to see individual and corporate Australia speak with
> their dollars about this blatant relocation of Australian jobs to lower
> paid countries?
> In my small, deranged mind, this equates not only to exploitation of
> third world countries, but something that should have the average
> Australian questioning if they want to do business with a company that
> is flat out trying to toss their local employees onto the unemployment
> scrapheap.
>  </soapbox>
> regards
> Gary Allpike

Now, here's an interesting aspect to non-Linux-based stuff on the list.

HP is one significant company that is supposed to be actrively 
supporting Linux, with, I understand, amongst other things, a special 
project developing Linux drivers for HP printers.

So, is the list to be used for calling for boycotts of major companies 
involved in promotiing Linux, for personal political reasons?

Isn't that a bit like the Linux community in Australia, shooting itself 
in the foot, by using the resources of Linux Australia, to denigrate 
companies that are actively supporting and promoting Linux?

Hmmm. One of the aspects of off-topic stuff on the list...

Bret Busby
West Australia

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