[Linux-aus] Chilling effect?

Jeff Waugh jdub at perkypants.org
Tue Feb 24 11:35:16 UTC 2004

<quote who="Con Zymaris">

> > Have any of you run across this kind of behaviour (or more of it) just
> > in the last month or two?
> > 
> > Do any of you live on the other side of this question, and know of any
> > specific reason why these organisations might be doing this?
> Nope. No idea at all.
> It's almost certainly someone higher up with a specific agenda who sets
> such a policy, only for it to be switched around in 2 years when that
> person shifts jobs.

Agree. I've experienced this kind of stuff in the last few months, and it
has more to do with office politics and interpersonal warfare than anything

Ah, however, it's useful to point out one FOSS-related aspect of this: If
the office politics situation means that your successes negatively impact
someone else, then your use of or interest/involvement in FOSS will irritate
them beyond belief. That is an advantage they will want to take away from

Thus, they will shoot the FOSS advocate, peel and eat his or her banana,
thus disarming him. Or her.

- Jeff

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       others because it's in my _own fucking pocket_!" - Mobile Rage

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