Re: censorship paranoia

Michael Ballbach (
Mon, 27 Jul 1998 16:56:33 -0600 (MDT)

I think his point is the major religions of the middle east might have a
problem with it. While I personally don't, I see the credibility in his
point, I also see the credibility in the fact that my mother and I were
beaten by a beer drinking penguin every night when he came home from work,
and while I'm not going to let this facsimile upset me, because as you
point out, it is a friggin graphic, there is a line that might have been
crossed here, it's not about censorship, it's about taste, and while
alcohol might be swell, I sure didn't think so when I saw my father shoot
at the trailer we lived in when he was tanked, and I doubt that the people
the gentlemen in the previous message referred to think it's grand either.

However, I digress from the point of this newsgroup horribly, and for that
I apologize. I don't care if it stays or goes, I love linux for linux, and
the power behind it, but this could be something we need to think about,
it's not worth alienating people over, no matter how stupid we _think_
their beliefs are. Everyone has a right to believe what they want, and
while it might be irritating at times, everyone has the right to their
opinions, in the US or elsewhere.

> Then don't enable fbcon if you don't like it. Even better, hack the code
> out of your source tree.
> This doesn't really matter much. We're talking about a friggin graphic that
> lives on a small part of the real estate for a few seconds during kernel init.

> > Censorship is terrible and a beer-drinking penguin is funny,
> > but this joke is getting old. It's not professional and it
> > will get Linux banned in most of the Middle East.
> >
> > Really, this is just dumb. Imagine you want to get Linux
> > accepted at work. The boss is sceptical already, and then
> > he sees a beer-dringing penguin. It's funny, but real dumb.

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"I don't know how world war three will be fought, but world war four will
be fought with sticks and stones." -- Albert Einstein.

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