The open sauce website Sourceforge has managed to prove to the world that the movement is actually controlled by the US government.
While many developing countries have looked to Open Sauce as a way of freeing themselves from the US Imperialist Microsoft licensing system, it turns out that they might have been signing themselves up to further US control.
This week Sourceforge revealed how much control the US has over the Open Sauce movement when it announced that it was denying access to its site from any country which did not agree with US foreign policy. It has banned all those naughty countries which are not on Hillary Clinton’s Christmas card list. This includes Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
A spokesman for SourceForge said that the restrictions on the free flow of information rubbed him the wrong way. However, in addition to participating in the open source community, Sourceforge also live in the real world, and is governed by the laws of the country in which it is located, he said.
“Our need to follow those laws supersedes any wishes we might have to make our community as inclusive as possible. The possible penalties for violating these restrictions include fines and imprisonment. Other hosting companies based in the US have similar legal and technical restrictions in place,” the spokesman added.
The sight said it deeply regretted that those sanctions may impact individuals who have no malicious intent along with those whom the rules are designed to punish. However, until either the designated governments alter the practices that got them on the sanctions list, or the US government’s policies change, the situation must remain.
The news has been greeted with shock and alarm in the Open Sauce community who fail to see why their beloved software system should be a tool of US foreign policy and draconian internet censorship laws. If the site were to set up a mirror in a neutral country knowing that that the software would still end up in Cuban hands then the US government would shut it down for exporting software to support terrorism.
Of course if anyone wants to visit Sourceforge in a way that cannot be identified by the US spooks they could download their software by installing Tor http://www.torproject.org. SourceForge can not determine your country of origin and traverse through an exit node that is not in an “axis of evil” country.
However it does cause some problems for the Open Sauce movement. Sauceforge is one of its main distribution points and it is based in a country which is completely paranoid and unable to deal with the outside world. While it remains there, the movement loses its ability to be seen as universal.