[svlug] Are these an attempt to cause MS to spend lots of money

Richard Sharpe rsharpe at richardsharpe.com
Thu Aug 14 09:45:12 PDT 2003


On Thu, 14 Aug 2003, Nick Austin wrote:

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> On Wed, 13 Aug 2003, Don Marti wrote:
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> > A government open source mandate is a good thing, because absence
> > of a government open source mandate can turn into a proprietary software
> > mandate for everyone else.
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> > http://www.ssc.com/pipermail/atc/2003-February/000033.html
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> Don't you think that an open formats mandate is better then a mandate for 
> software under a particular license?
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> If the formats are open, then people can buy the software that best suits 
> there needs. If this happend, I think that most people would use Free and 
> opensource software anyway. :)

The problem is that the people we are trying to sell this to don't know 
squat about this stuff, so trying to sell open standards or open formats 
is a very hard sell, while Open Source easily becomes a sound bite and can 
be sold :-)

Regards
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Richard Sharpe, rsharpe[at]ns.aus.com, rsharpe[at]samba.org, 
sharpe[at]ethereal.com, http://www.richardsharpe.com





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