October 18, 2001

Convergence indeed: Picking cotton for Bill

Author: JT Smith

Arts and Farces: "Pretty soon all God's creators gonna be pickin' cotton for Bill. Or maybe Rupert or Walt.

Imagine that suddenly, all distributions of GNU/Linux were illegal in the United States. As well as Zope,
Python, Perl, Apache, and all other open source software products. While that arguably may not be the
goal of the Security Systems Standard & Certification Act (SSSCA), it would surely be a result. The
SSSCA would outlaw any digital device-including personal computers-that did not include a copy
protection mechanism. Right now the only thing keeping it from happening are the events surrounding 11

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