I came across this arti­cle at csmonitor.com. Basi­cal­ly, it’s point­ing out how juve­nile a boy­cott of all words and prod­ucts of French ori­gin would be, for exam­ple renam­ing French fries to free­dom fries. Besides, they are actu­al­ly from Bel­gium, not France. Maybe we should call them oil fries? It only makes sense 🙂

That got me think­ing. If so many Amer­i­cans are eager to boy­cott every­thing French, what will they do with the admi­rals, com­modores, brigadier gen­er­als, colonels, com­man­ders, cap­tains, lieu­tenants, war­rant offi­cers, ensigns, sergeants, cor­po­rals, spe­cial­ists and air­men in their armed forces? Sure­ly they would­n’t want to use those in the war against Iraq? That leaves only sea­men and pri­vates for the assault (gen­er­als and majors are offi­cers). Can they fight a bat­tle with­out aero­planes (includ­ing jets and their pilots), armour, artillery, bombs, rock­ets, grenades, bul­lets, rifles or machine guns? Can they attack with­out mag­a­zines or the ammu­ni­tion stored inside them? And who needs sol­diers, any­way? Maybe they don’t need an army, navy, air force or marines? Heck, per­haps they don’t need a mil­i­tary at all!

Strange­ly enough, weapons inspec­tor does­n’t seem to be of French ori­gin.

In semi-relat­ed news, Man­drake Lin­ux 9.1 is out. OSNews has a great review of it, and Tweakhound has an infor­ma­tive inter­view with Man­drake Lin­ux founder Gaël Duval. It looks amaz­ing, par­tic­u­lar­ly com­pared to 9.0, which could have been bet­ter (although I did­n’t think 9.0 was near­ly as bad as many review­ers did). As a side note, I clicked the “More links HERE” link at the bot­tom of the Gaël Duval inter­view and found PCLinuxOnline.com list­ed under “Oth­er Good Lin­ux Sites”. Yay!!!

I’ve seen com­ments by some Amer­i­cans advo­cat­ing a boy­cott of Man­drake Lin­ux because Man­drake­Soft is French. To them, I have this to say: Are you real­ly that retard­ed?! I mean, that’s just idi­ot­ic [see def­i­n­i­tion 2]! Free soft­ware is an inter­na­tion­al effort. Code and devel­op­ers come from all over the world. The corol­lary of this is that most of the code in Man­drake Lin­ux isn’t from France at all. It also means that all GNU/Linux dis­tri­b­u­tions have some code that would have orig­i­nat­ed in France. Maybe you should boy­cott Red Hat, Debian and every­one else as well?

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