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Date: Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 6:31 PM
Subject: [NZLUG] Linux Lite banned from TradeMe
To: nzlug <nzlug(a)lists.nzoss.org.nz>
Jerry Bezencon, the author of the Linux Lite distribution has had his
distribution banned from TradeMe. Jerry has put the correspondence on
the Linux Lite forums.
Jerry has been given the same run around that Copyleft was given a few
years ago when it was thrown off TradeMe. I had explained about Free
Software, Project Gutenberg, and that eBay allowing Linux sales. All
I got was "it was against policy blah blah blah" – despite the fact
that TradeMe's policy did not cover FLOSS. A burnt Official Debian
Disc is the original disc. Or worse, in Jerry's case he is selling his
own work and that he owns the original copyright on his work.
Applying Hanlon's razor.
"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by
eBay.com.au runs Apache (FLOSS), so management has been educated by its
techies about free software, how it works and the environment in which
it works. So Linux sales are permitted.
IMHO the root of the problem lies in the techie area of TradeMe. When
I checked a few years ago I found that TradeMe was a Microsoft shop
(os info is not available now). TradeMe has Microsoft techies and so
management remains ignorant and open to FUD about FLOSS.
OnOffer is also a Microsoft shop and has similar restrictions.
Let's make waves.
Philip Charles; 39a Paterson Street, Abbotsford, Dunedin, New Zealand
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