questro writes: I am a registered democrat with plans to vote for Barack Obama this fall and I am saddened to see that the Democratic convention intends to use restrictive technology that will exclude me and many others from viewing the online content of the convention.
I have recently read of plans by Aaron Myers, the DNCC's director of online communications, to use a proprietary Microsoft product called "Silverlight" for video streaming. The article can be found at this URL: http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,146806-page,3-c,webservices/article.html#
This technology will purposefully EXCLUDE millions of democrats and others who choose to use the free and open source GNU/Linux operating system. "Silverlight" is not compatible with GNU/Linux and is only available for Win32 or Mac. While Microsoft touts a product called "Moonlight" for GNU/Linux, it is not the same technology and contains a restrictive license that is incompatible with many GNU/Linux distributions. This is by Microsoft's design.
Even Senator Obama understands the value of using the free and open source GNU/Linux system as evidenced by the fact that www.barackobama.com is hosted by a Linux system according to Netcraft.
I urge the Democratic Party to reconsider this technology choice before millions of citizens are excluded.
As the trials of life continue to take their toll, remember that there
is always a future in Computer Maintenance.
-- National Lampoon, "Deteriorata"