[Linux-aus] Greens battle Microsoft
leon at cyberknights.com.au
Wed Jul 30 21:59:01 UTC 2003
One of my non-Linux .edu.au contacts spotted this one:
THE Greens have signalled they are willing to lend their
political muscle to Democrat moves to introduce open source
Greens hold key parliamentary seats in several states where
the Democrats are introducing the Bills, and are politically
sympathetic to laws that challenge the power of big business.
Describing Microsoft founder Bill Gates as "a bit of a robber
baron", NSW Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon warned the legislation
would anger US trade lobby groups.
Greens in NSW and South Australia are backing Democrat Bills
that call for open source to be used in preference to
proprietary software "where practicable".
Interesting dilemma: if the US trade lobby groups agitate, they get seen
as US Imperialist interfering old baggages; if they don't, the
legislation goes through with little opposition.
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