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  • Even If I'm not a PS fan (In fact I'm not a politic fan ;-) This kind of commitment could get my vote... To my mind you should communicate more on this. I see a lot of users petition against software patents here in France, but as far as I know very few politics talk about it (except maybe Noel Mamere which invited Stallman ?)
    • It's hard to get politicians to talk about it, simply because apart from a few, they're mostly ignorant of such problems. They accept the fact that they have competent councilors to deal with this (Jean-Noël Tronc is a good example of such a councilor). Also, quite a few politicians think it's an elitist concern, a problem for the rich. Explaining to them that what may now be a problem of a happy few will be a problem for everyone in a few years time is hard, and it takes time. I know Jospin has gotten that, but there are many others to convince.

      So the point is, if the PS-Vert-etc coalition is elected, it'll happen because the councillors that will be in charge want it (I was at a work meeting for amendments to the project yesterday and several were present. They're almost more hardcore Open Source folks than I!). But getting professional politicians to talk about it is an uphil battle. They don't want to alienate the vote of people that have far more life-threatening problems.

      The campaign is going to be very short (90 days left) which doesn't leave much time to spread such information. There already was a small article in Libération about it, and it's also the reason why Mamère went to Autrans and invited Stallman. His electorate is more open to such questions, and well, it's an alliance of parties :-)

      I'm not here to convince or proselytise. I'd hate to use use Perl for that. I'm just stating my ideas and things I think are cool. But if you want the idea to get through, nothing keeps you from spreading the word ;-)


      -- Robin Berjon []