August 16, 2002
Tim O'Reilly decries growing politicization of Open Source
Slashdotters discuss an Oreillynet.com commentary. "I'd be all in favor of legislation that mandates Open Standards where applicable, and requires government bodies to seriously consider Open Source alternatives. But what we're getting is attempts to *require* use of Open Source software -- effectively criminalizing an official's decision to buy commercial software to meet their needs."