Weblog:   The Growing Politicization of Open Source
Subject:   open source is a political idea
Date:   2002-08-18 09:01:01
From:   3.2.3
like it or not, open source is as political and economic as the politics and economics behind which closed source hides.


citizens have a right to decide what the best software for the job is, and to tell their governments what to do. if citizens do not utilize this right, closed source corporations will:


http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/neworleans/index.ssf?/newsstory/o_microsoft16.html

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  • John W. Adams photo open source is a political idea
    2002-08-18 10:08:30  John W. Adams | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    That's an excellent link you provided--I'm putting it in my weblog.

    But note that Microsoft didn't get this contract by passing a law but by saying, "We'll do this cheaper." (They may be buying the business by artificially depressing their costs.)

    I doubt that the city of New Orleans will find their TCO to be all that great down the road, but that problem will belong in ten years to someone other than the person making this decision today.

    P.S. If you like Waits or Bukowski, be sure to click the link at the bottom of the page titled "Beats set tempo of bop lover's life"--what a great story!

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