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A Remarkable Response

  • December 26, 2001
  • By Dennis E. Powell

When I wrote about the comment period, I didn't ask that copies be sent to me, so I assume that there are many, many more public comments, also well reasoned, respectful, and insightful, that readers have sent and that I have not seen. That is just fine. To those of you who took advantage of the ability to make comments, I am proud of you.

To those of you who haven't, I hope that the thinking of your fellow Linux users, as reflected in their words above, will spur you to action. Do not think that you need to be a lawyer, or a computer professional, or even a mere writer. There is a great deal of talk about how Linux is a manifestation of "freedom." There is even a huge body of argument about what "freedom" means. I'll not dip into that just now; instead, I'll say that "freedom" means absolutely nothing if you're unwilling to exercise it to the extent of writing to protect it when your views have been solicited by the government itself.

Whatever your view, it is your responsibility to make it known.

Do it today.

No, do it right now.

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