[Linux-aus] Patent Insurance and other stuff
conrad at metadecks.org
Thu Dec 23 12:41:13 UTC 2004
On Thu, Dec 16, 2004 at 10:02:32PM +1100, Craig Warner wrote:
> Now for some serious business, I have been reading with great interest
> the meeting between Open Source/Linux Australia and the representatives
> of the Chinese Government. Not at least the opportunity Pia had, the
> chance to talk about Open Source in Mandarin!
oath, it seems the Chinese very well understand the benefits of open
source, and realize that Australia has many skills to share.
> Now that brings me to a point to discuss the operations of a American
> lobby group called CompTIA ( http://www.comptia.org/default.aspx ), now
> after the signing of the AUSFTA CompTIA has setup shop in Sydney. This
> was reported in an article in the Australian on the 7th December titled
> "US body sets up here to rival ACS".
> CompTIA has been very active in the lobby arena in regards to China:
it's an unfortunate play on words that they describe China's procurement
rules as running counter to a "spirit of openness". The rules quite
specifically allow the deployment of non-Chinese Open Source software.
In fact, their procurement rules mandate that newly developed Open Source
Software be released under the GNU GPL, a point which provided for some
interesting discussion at Sunday's meeting. While we agreed that the GNU GPL
is a good license, we stated that other Free licenses have their place too,
which is of course quite the opposite direction of argument one usually
has on that topic.
> PS I'm in Shanghai next month.
so get up to Beijing and say g'day to our mates in the Ministry, mate :)
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