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NewsForge: Perens on Sincere Choice Political Push and What's Next for Him

Sep 14, 2002, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

"Bruce Perens, the guy who coined the term 'Open Source' way back in 1997, has been in the news a lot lately. Some of the media attention has been on his parting of the ways with Hewlett-Packard (Perens calls his departure more of a amicable decision -- The New York Times' description of it as a firing was a bit overblown, Perens says).

"But Perens has also been getting coverage for his Sincere Choice initiative, a political platform responding to the Microsoft-backed Initiative for Software Choice, with 'choice' meaning customers should be able to choose either proprietary software or ... proprietary software. It's kind of like the old joke about music choices in the rural United States: 'We like both kinds of music out here, country and western...'

"NewsForge: Why did you launch Sincere Choice?

"Perens: I started it because I heard about this Microsoft-instigated Software Choice a few months before that. They were keeping a very low profile, trying to get other companies to join. I just thought, 'Well, somebody should point out that this is made in the tradition of soft money political campaigns.' They don't really ever mention the topic; they just sort of make a lot of mother- and apple-pie-like statements around the topic. But the real meat is that they're for patents in industry standards. They feel that Open Source isn't necessary for acceptance of standards..."

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