January 25, 2001

Open Source penalty for Microsoft?

Author: JT Smith

ZDNET: "...open source code offers taxpayers the opportunity to see if they are getting their tax
dollar's worth, since shoddy workmanship can be exposed by watchdog groups. Vendors afraid
of having their work publicly accessible would shy away from government projects, lessening
opportunities for patronage and graft. On the flip side, companies whose work does shine when
exposed to the light would be able to enhance their reputations. There would be less opportunity
for smoke and mirrors in publicly funded IT."


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