The National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), or Politécnico, as it is also known, is one of the largest educational institutions in Mexico, along with UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, this being the highest house of studies.
The Politécnico specializes in areas of Engineering, it was founded in 1936 under the government of General Lazaro Cardenas del Río, president of Mexico, institutionalizing various higher schools under the same entity. In order to promote the technical knowledge that the country required in those moments of need in the country’s industrial growth.
Despite wanting to study at said university, this was not possible due to financial limitations. It was not until I was finishing my degree at the ITSPR that I had the opportunity to go to the Politécnico to do my professional internship in the Postgraduate and Research area.
My cousin Alfonso was already studying at the Politécnico and he was the one who gave me a tour of that university environment. We both lived together during those 7 months in Mexico City, very close to the ESIME Zacatenco,Higher School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (ESIME in Spanish); Zacatenco Unit, where I was doing my professional internship.
It was a very enriching experience to be there, living in Mexico City and going to one of the largest universities in the country that was founded with a social conscience is a great experience.
I remember listening to the IPN Decalogue and feeling a deep call, an energy that resonated from deep within, something that definitely moved me, without further ado here is the IPN Decalogue.
I AM A POLYTECHNICIAN, because I aspire to be a man.
I am a Polytechnician, because I value my responsibilities over my rights.
I am a Polytechnician, by conviction rather than circumstance.
I am a Polytechnician, To achieve universal conquests and offer them to my people.
I am a Polytechnician, Because I suffer in my innards for the Fatherland and aim to alleviate its ills.
I am a Polytechnician, Because I burn with the desire to rouse the sleeping brother.
I am a Polytechnician, to light a torch on the Fatherland’s altar.
I am a Polytechnician, because I respect myself and feel obligated to respect my institution.
I am a Polytechnician, because my respected independence as a young man and student forces me to respect this confinement.
I am a Polytechnician, because I translate my flag’s trichrome as work, duty, and honor.
Almost 15 years after that experience, I see those moments with some nostalgia, but with hope that a good direction for our youth will be the constant change that future generations need.
Last week I was listening to the morning conference of President AMLO, who had just returned from his 3rd COVID infection with all the attitude and brought up a poem by Bertolt Brecht that seemed so true to me in Mexico not long ago, but that seems gradually fall behind
“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions.
The political illiterate is so stupid
that he is proud and swells his chest
saying that he hates politics.
The imbecile doesn’t know that,
from his political ignorance
is born the prostitute,
the abandoned child,
and the worst thieves of all,
the bad politician,
corrupted and flunky of
the national and
That man who cannot touch his soul for another in disgrace should not be in politics, because it is public policies that can systematically fade the worst stories of pain and suffering in the most vulnerable people, victims of a history of inequality, corruption and selfishness.
That is why I say that Mexico is one of the countries with the least political illiteracy in the world, and that is what we have achieved.
I am sorry to see how many politicians and citizens with wounded egos are capable of turning their backs on the truth and on the people of their own country, fortunately, although they are not few, there are more Mexicans who are leaving behind that political illiteracy, and will give rise to the social changes that have been postponed for so long in favor of the people who suffered for so many years from a corrupt government.
I have recently read news about the Debian project, one of the largest and most important distribution projects of the GNU system with the Linux kernel, and in the case of Debian specifically with other kernels, being one of the “original” distributions and father of all the debian offspring and its powerful APT package system.
For a long time Debian GNU/Linux could boast of being a completely free system, which by maintaining a non-free repository earned it not to obtain the recommendation of the FSF. However as long as only the main repository was used, then you could have a free system, now with this change, Debian will start including proprietary firmware within its installation disks and will use that firmware at will.
Similarly, projects like Fredoombox, based mainly on Debian, will now include the non-free repository enabled by default.
This shows that over time the principles that are not pursued end up yielding, Debian despite being a massive institution in the development and distribution of free software and one of the largest variants of the GNU system with Linux/Hurd/etc. in the world, still maintaining a high standard of ethics and social commitment to its users, is losing traction on the principles that once put it above the vast majority of distributions ethically and technologically.
I wonder if this is the first step in a spiral that is forcing decisions related to the path Debian will take, just as Firefox has fallen by integrating more and more anti-features, gradually diluting the last drops of “Free Software” and falling completely into the rhetoric of Open Source seeking to retain a share of users compared to other browsers.
It seems to me that Canonical could bear a bit of responsibility for this change, since Debian is used as the seedbed for Ubuntu distributions, and having developers vote on Debian development is a good thing for Canonical, I could be wrong, or maybe not.
Regardless of the above, I believe that this is a clear indicator of the continuous ethical and social erosion in the face of technology, of the culture of consumerism as well as of the “success at all costs” promoted around the world, where the interests of a few can overcome the well-being of the many, in the same way the lack of recognition of the truly important things in the world.
A quick exercise, in the following situation,
If you were granted access to an all you can eat buffet, hypothetically with all the healthiest salads in the world, the best vegetables, as well as the best cuts of most succulently prepared meats from the world’s most exotic regions, all kinds of fruit waters, soft drinks/sodas and alcoholic beverages as well from anywhere in the world unlimited.
The questions that this situation generates could be,
Would that be a nourishing experience for your body? Or would we end up hurting one self?
would we have touched the salad table?
come on, would we get out walking?
I don’t buy the lies that any negative result is “human nature”, that’s complacency and mediocrity speaking.
Deep down, when everything stops, we know what is best for us, what suits us as the complex organism that we are, and although we can make mistakes, it is important to see the long term and teach us to make the best decisions for us, as individuals and eventually as a collective.
The principles and ethical discussion that the Free Software movement promotes could be far ahead of the social reality in our regions, cities, prefectures, states, departments, even countries, but if it is in your hands, talk about Free Software, put the weight of freedom over functionality, since the latter can eventually be resolved as long as the former is present,
Choose more lettuce over meat, take care of yourself and others in the process.
I could not condemn the Debian project for these changes, it seems sad to me that this happens and I hope that better times will come for the project, where they can recover the shine of the principles that they defended for many years.
I would like to conclude by citing the campaign Be Free! of the FSFLA that I consider is very ad hoc,
The more people resist, the more people will be Free, and the more people will be free to be Free.
For your own good, and in solidarity to all, choose freedom. Be Free!
I continue to collaborate in the development and maintenance of Trisquel GNU/Linux, one of the most popular completely free distributions with a long history.
Trisquel GNU/Linux, trisquel for short, is based on the popular Ubuntu distribution, developed by Canonical and which in turn is based on Debian GNU/Linux, currently trisquel is only following the LTS versions also known as extended support.
With more than 12 years as a trisquel user, I have come to appreciate the work that the developers began in 2007, and now that I am collaborating on a more regular basis, I have had the opportunity to understand the challenges and objectives pursued in development, from the release of Etiona (9.0) I began to get involved little by little from the point of view that a developer has and this involvement has grown in the last versions, 10.0 and now version 11.0.
With the movement of the project development meetings from Friday to Wednesday and in order to take up a little more activism that a few years ago was something more normal in this blog (or its previous version), I am thinking of taking advantage of the time used in development meetings to open a space for trisquel users and free software users in general who would like to resolve any doubts, find out about news related to trisquel or have a pleasant talk related to free software.
These meetings will take place in my Jitsi Meet instance, which for complete transparency is sponsored by my IT business, where it will only be necessary to have a microphone since they will be mainly conversations, video is not required.
12:00 hrs – UTC -5 (Mexico City) with an approximate duration of 1 hour from its start.
While it would be great to make this a global space, I am restricted to my imperfect English and Spanish.
In the spirit of making these conversations enjoyable and productive, it is appreciated to follow the netiquette in these meetings.