[Linux-aus] Benefits (was: M$ buys off SA)
conz at cyber.com.au
Wed Jul 16 09:09:01 UTC 2003
On Tue, Jul 15, 2003 at 02:37:48PM +0800, Leon Brooks wrote:
> > Leon is right. We need to focus on the benefits of FOSS.
> OK (but Leon was not actually right, Leon was only close): given that
> OSV has just had a turn (and considering my biasses, see sig) and that
> this lies squarely in the business field, I think SLPWA should make a
> statement about it.
> I originally thought that such a statement should pivot on debate being
> too tightly focussed, and I still think that would be a good starting
> point. With that in mind, I've asked SLPWA about it, but if they aren't
> eager, I'm happy to help a different group along.
> I'm wide-open to suggestions. I don't mind long emails, so bury me in
> benefits! Please!
> Here's some samples I posted to SLPWA's main list:
> * The ability to *change* programs to suit individual departments
> or areas;
> * The ability to *share* such improvements across departments, states
> and the whole country, unhobbled by complex or expensive licence
> * The proven ability of GPL-like licences to *contain* fragmentation
> (and ad-hoc workarounds of limitations in closed-source software)
> to make implementations more consistent across a field;
> * The elimination of much burdensome licence *superintendence*, and
> the related risk of heavy legal expenses if a mistake is made;
> * The complete, reproducible *auditability* of everything;
> * The development of Australian IT *expertise* (not George Jetson
> style expertise, either);
> * The retention of Australian *control* of software development,
> installation and maintenance;
> * The proven general resistance to *viruses*;
> * The ability to more easily *unbundle* contracts for farming out
> to smaller local companies;
> If you can think of a way to cram a lot of those benefits into a terse
> media statement, I'd very much appreciate that too, but don't let it
> slow you down in listing benefits, however cumbersome the wording is.
It's a worthwhile list, but this last paragraph may indicate what the main
problem might be: "If you can think of a way to cram a lot of those
benefits..." This is your choker-chain. There's just too much to cram, and
possibly too much to raise issue with.
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