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Tonight Live: On The Linux Show!!
Tuesday, April 29th, 2003
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At 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et.... Kevin Hill, Arne Flones, Doc Searls, Russ Pavlicek and Jeff Gerhardt are back live tonight. We have a great show lined up tonight on The Linux Show!

Segment One- The News. We will cover THE HOT NEWS of the week. The news segment will be expanded to cover about 45 minutes. Because of our unusual show last week, there is a lot of uncovered news. Tonight on the news: Judge: File-swapping tools are legal, Balmer: Linux? What Me Worry?, follow up to: "in search of Linux Laptops", DARPA Cancels Project funding, The Internet makes for strange bed fellows (will disney save us), and way way more.....

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Segment Two- The Road Ahead, Why We May Fail!

Tonight we are covering a special topic during our second segment, but there will be no guest. The regular panel will be engaged in a discussion moderated by Jeff. The general theme is: that even though we have experienced some gains in the last year, we have also lost several battles. The "war" of winning hearts and minds has only begun.

Two specific case points will be highlighted.

The first is the relative fatalistic attitude of the technology community. We are an intelligent and dynamic community, but when it comes to fighting for a cause, we seem to be as fatalistic as it gets. Bottomline, we do not get involved, and we DO NOT put our money where our mouth is. We have failed to support the groups that do our battles.

Second, is the problem of how we deal with Partisanship in our efforts to forward our causes. This is not a problem of people in the technology community persay, but it seems all Americans. The last 10 years have been a transition for the US. There is far too much hatered in the land. It has polluted the landscape. The recent impact of the anti and pro war marches in the US are evidence of this problem. The fringes command too much focus. We will NOT get our goals accomplished unless we can win friends in both American political parties. We are walking on a knife edge. If we fail, the stakes are very high.

How do we balance free speech (partisanship) with the politique?

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