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Editor's Note: Linux/FOSS and Politics Go Together Like Cheese and Crackers

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| Free/Libre software itself is political. The GPL is called a copyleft
| license, which is wordplay on copyright. It is a clever use of existing
| copyright laws to protect software freedom, and copyleft has expanded to
| include a number of creative works, such as books, articles, photos and other
| images, movies, and music. Which is in direct opposition to the fierce
| attacks on existing copyright law, especially the insanely over-the-top
| attempts at exterminating fair use, and turning minor copyright violations
| into crimes of the century.
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| So there are a few examples of important political issues that Linux/FOSS
| users can address and influence knowledgably. It doesn't matter who is in
| whatever elected office, or what party they belong to, because these issues
| affect everyone. Our elected persons are hearing mostly one side of the
| story, and that is the side that gets rich off corruption and abuse. They
| need to hear from the good guys, too.



Barack Obama proves the power of Open Source

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| It would be a bit of a stretch to claim that Barack Obama won the 2008
| election because his website ran open source software while John McCain's ran
| on proprietary software. But what is not a stretch at all is that Barack
| Obama's campaign built a powerful synergy between grass-roots politics and
| grass-roots technology, while presenting what many consider to be the most
| disciplined campaign of any candidate in modern history.


Alex Castellanos: Obama the Open Source president

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| CNN analyst Alex Castellanos — one of the Republican pundits on a rather
| large team of political experts on hand on Election Day — made both a very
| interesting and poignant point about the incoming presidency and the
| possibility of its “open source” nature.


How Web 2.0 helped Obama win

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| It became something of a running joke that McCain talked about the need
| for ‘net neutrality’ yet wasn’t someone who even used email himself. His lack
| of technology prowess was lampooned in the press, and at the tech-savvy
| Personal Democracy Forum conference in June, Mark Soohoo, McCain's deputy
| e-campaign director, drew laughter when he said, "You don't necessarily have
| to use a computer to understand how it shapes the country ... John McCain is
| aware of the Internet."


Will Obama be an open source president?

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| Last night during CNN's election coverage, after it was clear that Obama
| would become the country's 44th president, pundit Alex Castellanos wondered
| aloud whether the government under Barack Obama would take on some of the
| grass roots flavor that marked the President-Elect's campaign.


Obama Ubuntu

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| People from the Obama campaign have said that they use Ubuntu 8.04. It seems
| to be used nationally.
| Does anyone know any more about the use of Ubuntu by the Obama campaign and
| can provide us with more details?



Obama Campaign Hopes for Better Web Security

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| The requirements are pretty much what you'd read in any e-commerce security
| help-wanted ad: VPN (virtual private network) and Unix or Linux experience,
| along with a "deep understanding" of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl)
| development. And of course, the successful candidate must be willing
| to "respond off-hours to high urgency security situations."


Obama Voices Support for ODF

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| OpenDocument Format supporters are welcoming presidential hopeful Sen. Barack
| Obama's promise to put government data online in universally accessible
| formats should he be elected.ODF a National Standard in Korea

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