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Ottawa Citizen: A Piece of the Action

Oct 12, 2002, 08:30 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kate Heartfield)

"On one side of the contest are the members of this beer-drinking bunch--all diehard supporters of open source technology--and their increasingly successful counterparts in the United States, Europe and South America. On the other are Microsoft and a high-powered software industry lobby group which quietly launched in May.

"Ordinarily, the likes of Bill Gates and other software heavyweights would be the Goliaths in any tussle against grassroots techies. But in this case, the software industry has had to take counter-measures after its open source adversaries made inroads in France, Germany, Peru, Argentina and even California. The guys at the café would like to add Canada to that list.

"On Fridays after work, members of GOSLING--Getting Open Source Logic Into Governments--gather at the café to discuss what can be done to change the way Canadian governments buy and develop software. They say governments should be using more open source software. Some even want governments to say they'll only use open source..."

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