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Re: [ossig] Open source community needs a haircut and to dress forsuccess?Should I loose my Kurtas (long asian shirts), Jeans and Sandals

On 03/30/06 14:31 Choong Hong Cheng said the following:
> Just wondering why this thread generate so much responds compare with 
> other thread ? Should we end this discussion ASAP instead of dragging it 
> with so much responds ?

that has been the hallmark of the local open source community. too much 
time is spent evangelizing and talking about religious concepts, with not 
an effort put towards narrowing the chasm of perception between the 
mainstream establishment and the movement. they seem to be more interested 
to berate the establishment for not seeing it their way than in finding a 
way to approach the establishment which would cause them to sit up and listen.

the very nature of this thread and how it evolves speaks volumes. defenders 
of the long hair and sandal crowd emerged, all beating their chests in 
rage. no one however suggested a compromise in how the community and the 
movement is to approach government.

i've long spoken out about this in this community, but each time i said so 
previously, there were enough detractors who lost the message and took 
offence. well, this is how things have become. you've all earned it.

the end result is, government makes policy and in countries like malaysia, 
government procurement policies drive the industry. if government is not 
courted or addressed in a proper manner, they'll just ignore the open 
source community (as i believe they already have), and listen to other 
lobbying groups speaking about other things in a much more government 
friendly and approachable manner. things like IPR, patents and uniformity 
of software.

the end is nigh.

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