Open Source & Progressive Politics – Natural Allies

Came across this article while doing some unrelated searches.  It's short so I'll quote it in its entirety.  The cool thing?  It's from 2003!  I don't know what the Sask NDP uses these days but hopefully they've only expanded their use of open source technologies!  (The link back to the original NDP newsletter with three different mentions of open source/Linux is unfortunately broken so I can't see the original context.)

“Seems like the NDP in Saskatchewan are starting to notice OSS and GNU/Linux. This newsletter
contains not one or even two but three separate articles. Looks like
progressive movements, which are natural allies, are noticing Linux and
OSS in a more significant way. We need to start cranking up the
political machine to lobby the left, disability groups, educators,
civil liberties groups, and Government to make sure the attention keeps

Oh, and I wonder how long I'll be able to keep doing posts that manage
to combine things of interest to the political junkies out there and
the library junkies (yes, they do exist!) as well?  Probably not long
to be honest.

Comments 4

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Don't stop the politics! It's been creeping into my blog, and I suspect it's going to increase. Re: progressive technology and politics, have you seen this from the federal Liberals:

    Posted 19 Jun 2009 at 1:53 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Here is an updated link:
    As someone who wrote a number of these open source articles in 2003 – thanks for noticing!

    Posted 20 Jun 2009 at 4:39 am
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for updating the link. Great articles and heartening to know that the NDP had this on their radar six years ago.
    I've always been aware of the open source movement and used a lot of the programs available on my Windows machine but admitted in an assignment I did for library school in 2006 that Linux was one thing I'd resisted as it seemed like such a big step to go to a whole new OS. (I still don't use it now that I've switched to a Mac….hmmm, I do have WinXP machine in my office…)
    Many librarians tend to be big supporters of open source but as my article says, we struggle with giving our patrons what they know and expect versus things that would be definitely cheaper while offering similar capabilities.
    Jessamyn West, who runs a well-known site called, is a big proponent of open source software. She's got a fun video online of installing Ubuntu at her small rural library.

    Posted 21 Jun 2009 at 12:39 am
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Yeah, I could see my blog having a foot in each world from here on in. As you say, the relevance is only increasing.
    Danielle Dennie from (which I still have posting privileges for though I don't use them) and Alex Guindon did a really good presentation at CLA on Net Neutrality – mostly stuff I knew but good to hear it all in one spot – timelines of major events, all the pro and con reasons, some of the technical stuff, etc. (My link to the PDF of the presentation isn't loading right now but I'll post it in case it's a temporary glitch.)

    Posted 21 Jun 2009 at 12:54 am

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