Thursday, May 14, 2009

Attention GNU/Linux Supporters - A Call To Action, It's Time for Fight

Image Credit:'Rambo Tux' by Satang at License:Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
Ever cheered for the opponent you wanted to win, yelled in encouragement until you're hoarse, and then in a glorious moment.. see your team win? Have you ever seen the underdog team come out of the shadows and strip the victory from the season's statistically best team?

I have. And I'm about to see it happen again, right in front of the watchful eyes of the world.

It's happened all through history, David vs. Goliath, the Normans vs. the Anglo-Saxons at the Battle of Hastings, the Spanish vs. the French on Cinco de Mayo, the colonial U.S. vs. the British Empire for the Revolutionary War, and other scenarios - time and time again, all throughout history. In each of these instances the comparatively smaller, less anticipated warrior(s) valiantly battled the oppressive giant and miraculously won with an unexpected victory.

Such is proof, it's not the immense number, massive size, or even the high popularity of an entity that wins the battle, rather it's the passion of the ideas, the will power to the core, and the passion of the warriors, that so propels their souls that nothing can stop them from claiming the victory they rightly deserve.

This same story of glorious human will, is the passionate core of the GNU/Linux ideals, and of those who make GNU/Linux a reality everyday. This passion currently embodies the hearts and minds of millions of humans who use GNU/Linux already, and is growing stronger everyday - at a wildfire pace. It's BATTLE ON for the FREEDOM of GNU/Linux.

What's to lose? Everything that is important to any user that seeks to be enabled by the power of computerized technology, every entity that seeks to contribute to the present and future of technology as a vehicle for advancing humankind.

On planet Earth, we face the most difficult challenges in the history of humankind thus far, overpopulation, widespread disease(list includes cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's to name a few), diminishing resources, widespread famine, and the need to expand out into the Universe onto other planets to continue the existence of humankind. These challenges are so immense and complex, they will take the participation of the entire planet to bring through the solution.

These are the challenges that require the GNU/Linux model of human capability and accomplishment. Newton once said that we ride upon the shoulders of giants - technology is the giant and GNU/Linux is the ideal that will make the giant even larger.

These are very exciting times, we are in our best moment. Through our capability to evolve technology, we have begun to recognize and engage the challenges and shortcomings we face as humans. We are presented not only with such immense challenges, but more importantly with great possibilities of accomplishment. Accomplishment through computerized technology and the freedom and power of the GNU/Linux ideals.

So this post is for you, GNU/Linux makers, users, and supporters. Your time has come to be at the front and to take the lead in making computerized technology better and more effective than ever before. Are you ready?

A simple, yet profound example of the power of the GNU/Linux community is shown in the amount of attention these articles received:

GNU/Linux users, how can they say you don't count, how can they say you shouldn't get access, because you didn't pay hundreds of dollars for your OS, because you don't believe in paying for something that is legally free(and better), because you don't conform to putting your head down and "just taking it", because you're different? Wel it's time for a reprieve, it's time to put your foot down.

You are a person that believes in open standards by which humans everywhere can share and advance technology, no matter how rich or poor they are. You are about the human essence of adaptation, you are about the future of technology, and a level of accelerated technology that enables humans everywhere.

It's time to stand up and do something about it. It's time to stand up and fight! The good news is... You won't need any guns or swords and you won't even have to have any military training... but if you want to get in shape -that's perfectly all right.

Here's what you can do: Arm yourself with a GNU/Linux livecd, install Ubuntu, get booted into Linux, surf the web, click advertisements that interest you (to show you're coming from GNU/Linux), tell your family, neighbors, friends, everyone you know about the benefits of GNU/Linux. Purchase products that support GNU/Linux. Ask your local retailer "Where's Linux". Demand software and hardware that is compatible with Linux. Make stickers and paste them everywhere, write it down, send people to And for the love of progress... Write letters to everyone who needs to know(like these bogus, puppet-head column writers who call themselves "analysts") - let them know that if they don't support GNU/Linux, they are not supporting the enablement of humankind with technology, let them know that you know how to advance progress with technology using GNU/Linux.

It's time to stand upon the mountaintops and call out to your fellow human beings to bring them to what they bring them to GNU/Linux. You owe it to yourself.. and you owe it to the progress of the future of technology.

Humans enabled with technology... that's the way it's supposed to be.

Won't you join me in this fight to win what's right for everyone?

Viva la GNU/Linux!

I support humans enabled with technology.
Shannon VanWagner
Technology Enthusiast and GNU/Linux Supporter

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Open Letter to Adobe - Make Flash Player an Open Web Standard for Content Delivery

May 11th 2009

Dear Adobe Inc.,

I'm writing on behalf of the whole planet of Internet users who benefit everyday from open and interoperable Web Standards. Being open and interoperable is what makes our Internet such the powerful information source that it is.

In this day and age we need more than de-facto standards for sharing data, rather we need documented standards that are rigorously engineered, refined, tested, and most of all proven to be standards-worthy and capable of working on any device that is connected with the Internet. An open standard should allow for future development and use by future members of the community.

We are at a crucial turning point in the Information age, what we do now will profoundly affect the future of computing technology, and we need a media delivery engine that is unbiased, freely adaptable, extensible, and open to the sharing of information in an unbiased way.

In the interests of making media delivery available to everyone on the Internet in a standards compliant way, I am asking that you make the Adobe flash player an open standard so that it can remain the king of the delivery of dynamic content on the Web.

The Flash player in its current form threatens the openness of the web and I don't believe Adobe to be the type of company that is interested in abusing the Internet in such a way. Also, there are competitors of the Flash player that threaten to fragment the Internet standards for content delivery even further. Making Flash the Open Web Standard would prevent the fragmentation from the competitors.

Open standards such as those set forth by the W3C are what make our Internet the immensely successful platform that it is, please consider making a contribution to this effort.

Adobe is well known for including many types of platforms(i.e., GNU/Linux, cellphones, etc.) when developing the Flash player, which has obviously been very successful. Please extend your efforts to the highest degree and consider making Adobe Flash Player an open standard and hold true to being a company that is committed to developing the future of computing technology in the most effective way.


The Future of the Internet as Seen through the Flash Player

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