Yahoo's Jerry Yang -- Classic Sellout
It's cases like this article:
Yahoo's Yang Chats about Yahoo's China Policy
...that can rile a Linux advocate up. I think it's because we Linux advocates tend to think on the level of being fair and just because our arch-enemy, Microsoft, is not just. BTW, I'm sure you also saw this:
President Hu Pals Up with Darklord Gates
So this Yahoo statement of getting Yahoo into China to help the common good, but then turning search and forum info around to the Government so that it can imprison, torture, or execute those it calls "criminals" -- just does not compute. And he says it's the only way to do business in China. And I guess he fears that if he doesn't do business in China, then some other Yahoo-like competitor will get in earlier and take the market, blocking it forever from Yahoo. Wah, wah, wah.
If it were me, and I were a wealthy CEO, I'd shrug my shoulders and say, "Oh well, China's a market we just won't do until they can appreciate the basic human right of free speech. You'll never believe what they asked me to do today and why, effective immediately, we had to shut down our Chinese operations." Sure I might lose millions of dollars. But what do I want to become -- a sellout? I'd go broke before I became a sellout.
It smacks of IBM with its Hollerith counting machines during WWII. They sold them to the Nazis in Germany so that the Nazis could round up the Jews, count them, and exterminate them. I can just hear the statement back then. The sellouts at IBM probably said, "We feel horrible about that...We have no way of preventing that beforehand....If you want to do business there you have to comply."
I hope some day a really cool, ethical company rises up in the FLOSS arena. I hope one day it has the guts to speak its mind against such atrocities. I hope that it is successful and benevolent at the same time, much like the Mayor Père Madeleine in Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. Capitalist pigs like Yang need an ethical capitalist to show them how it's done. I would hope that an ethical capitalist would not be the oxymoron we see today.