September 27, 2002

Lobbying against Open Source

Mikael Pawlo writes: "Wired's Michelle Delio has looked closely at the proprietary lobbying against open source software use in the government. The issue is whether governments should mandate open source software or not. Some, including me, argue that software should be judged on its own merits on a case by case basis. Others, including LinuxJournal editor Don Marti, claim that public money should mean public code and that 'governments have a responsibility to their citizens not to enter into unfair contracts'. Open source advocate Bruce Perens claims that maintaining status quo would mean 'an unfair governmental bias in favor of proprietary software'.

The Initiative for Software Choice, believed by some to be a Microsoft venture, is lobbying and strongly opposing any efforts by governments to mandate open source."

Link: Wired

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