Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Updated(06-10-09) This is preposterous.. How come I can't see the (LIVE) speech from the USA President online just because I'm using GNU/Linux?



UPDATE (06-10-09) - Apparently CNN received my message and changed their website so that now CNN Live works great with the Flash Player on Ubuntu GNU/Linux 9.04! You can get to CNN Live by clicking the "Live Video" link at: http://www.cnn.com/video


Great job CNN!! Way to support diversity in operating systems. Enjoy your new GNU/Linux viewers.





This is what I see when using an Open Source Operating System to view (LIVE) PUBLIC information that is disseminated from our American President!!

Is this America or what? Why should I BE REQUIRED to use a PROPRIETARY OPERATING SYSTEM to see what our Government (and current PRESIDENT) is trying to deliver via press conference to me, an American? If this is required, where is the Microsoft/Apple federal tax, that will at least give back to America for the restrictions it provides? How is this Freedom in the United States of America??

I was so ticked off by this that I sent an email to the Antitrust investigation department of our Federal government (email address: antitrust.complaints(at)usdoj(dot)gov). Here's the email I sent:

This link doesn't work for GNU/Linux (tested on Ubuntu 8.04):
http://www.cnn.com/video/live/live.html?stream=stream1

How come I can't watch what our president has to say (LIVE) just
because I use GNU/Linux?

Please look into this. There's no reason that people using GNU/Linux
should be restricted from news that is delivered by our President.

Parties involved that are creating a monopoly: Microsoft and CNN.


Thank you.

Shannon VanWagner
American Citizen and Veteran



So what do you think? Am I uninformed, or do I have a legitimate complaint? Why should AMERICANS be restricted from seeing messages from our American government, just because we may CHOOSE to use an OPEN SOURCE operating system such as GNU/Linux?

This is not FREEDOM, this is Baloney. SOMETHING MUST BE DONE ABOUT THIS NOW!!!

I propose a CLASS ACTION lawsuit against Monopolistic agencies that seek to BLOCK THE AMERICAN USERS OF GNU/LINUX from taking part in Main Stream Media.

Seriously,

Shannon VanWagner
GNU/Linux Evangelist and Veteran

(UPDATE: 19:15 09-24-2008 - I'm now watching the President's speech at: http://www.cnn.com/video/). However, I still believe that we should not be blocked from LIVE government video for using GNU/Linux.

(UPDATE: 09-27-2008 - CREDIT due: After checking out http://www.cnn.com/video, I see there are many videos here that I can play in Ubuntu 8.04. Thank you CNN for making these videos available)

Open letter to wireless carriers: Give us Android phones!! Let FREEDOM ring!!


OPEN LETTER TO WIRELESS CARRIERS (Verizon, ATT, Sprint, et. al.):

Please give us Android phones ASAP!!

HTC and T-Mobile made mobile phone history yesterday(09-23-08) by providing us all with the Open Source Android Operating System on the elegant HTC G1 handset.

DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND!!

It would be too bad for you if all of us started switching over to T-Mobile just to get the Android phone, but this move may become a reality if you don't catch on quickly to the Android phenomena, and start providing this awesome phone very soon.

So that's it, GIVE US ANDROID AND Let FREEDOM ring!!

Good day.

Shannon VanWagner
GNU/Linux Evangelist