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ZDNet UK: Jon Hall: Open Source Should be Protected from 'Looters'

Jun 24, 2003, 23:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

"The open-source development community is an international treasure and should be protected as such, said veteran Linux advocate Jon 'Maddog' Hall, in a talk in Birmingham that emphasised the role of open-source software outside the US.

"Hall's speech on Tuesday morning kicked off the Linux User and Developer Expo 2003, which is taking place this year in conjunction with Networks for Business (formerly Networks Telecom). The conference is tapping into growing interest in Linux and open-source software in the UK, where the government has committed to expanding the role of open source in the public sector, and some public authorities have already purchased significant Linux installations.

"Hall compared the ongoing legal battle between The SCO Group and the open-source community to the looting of Iraq's national treasures following the recent war in the Gulf..."

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