MS attacking government use of "open source"
shewa at inel.gov
Thu May 23 08:14:07 PDT 2002
On Thu, 23 May 2002 07:12:54 -0400
Bob Drzyzgula <bob at drzyzgula.org> wrote:
> All of us using and supporting Linux in government
> probably need to be somewhat concerned about this. The
> Pentagon at least seems not to have been swayed so far,
> but it's gone far enough for them to pay Mitre for a study
> of the question. I'm not sure that all agencies would
> be this steadfast.
I find myself wanting to write letters to my representatives, etc., but
then I think to myself that it will all work itself out. It may work
itself out, but perhaps my real reason for not doing something is that
I don't feel like it will make a difference. I'm from Idaho and this
state appears to have little power to affect anything. Of course, not
doing anything is a good way of guaranteeing that I don't have any
affect. I plan on making my representatives aware of Peruvian
Congressman Villanueva's bill and letter to Microsoft.
> "Microsoft has argued that some free-licensing
> regimes are antithetical to the government's
> stated policy that moneymaking applications
> should develop from government-funded research
> and that intellectual property should be
I don't understand why many people (not just MS) are so adamantly
opposed to the GPL. I know that the GPL is not for everything, but
it is really a good license for the information age. Instead of paying
for the right to use the software with money, a person simply pays with
any source code modifications they make.
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