March 29, 2001

French industry minister rejects patents, backs Linux

Author: JT Smith

The Register: "Pierret, who made the comments in an interview with magazine 01 Informatique,
seems to have made a convincing bid for Open Source pin-up status whle he was
about it. "I support Linux and free software," he said, "because they allow faster
and more robust development to put public administration systems online.
Commercial software raises security issues, because one doesn't know what's
inside it. This is why I am against software patents in Europe."


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