[Linux-aus] Fwd: FYI & Comment - Latest version of Democrat Open Source Bill

Leon Brooks leon at cyberknights.com.au
Thu Sep 18 14:36:02 UTC 2003

On Thu, 18 Sep 2003 12:37, Con Zymaris wrote:
> Further, I don't want 8/9ths of that money staying here, I want
> 9/9ths ;-)

"You blasted nationalists are all the same! Me! Me! Me! Mine! Mine! 
Mine!<*> Wait 'till the WTO finds out about this one!" Can't you just 
hear it?

>>> Most
>>> governments already have purchasing policies which not only
>>> favour entrenched vendors, they _mandate_ these vendors'
>>> products.

>> If that's so, perhaps we should start by simply requiring that all
>> such mandates be expressly eliminated? Any exceptions granted would
>> have to be explicitly argued on a case-by-case basis.

> seems feasible. It alters the placement of 'hurdles' so that public
> servants have to leap hurdles when not deploying FOSS, rather than
> the current situation.

The details are probably important. The principle can almost certainly 
be covered in one simple sentence, but enough details to make it real 
might run to pages.

Cheers; Leon

<*> ...quoth the seagull.

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