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SearchEntepriseLinux: Perens: IT Pros Must Lobby for Open-Source

Aug 27, 2003, 16:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

[ Thanks to Michael S. Mimoso for this link. ]

"Why do you think that corporate IT managers should act as lobbyists, persuading major vendors to support open-source?

"Perens: It is in IS managers' interest for open-source software to remain viable. The risk is for the entire industry, from top to bottom. Intellectual property issues will affect small and medium-sized businesses just as much as large companies. It's time for the open-source community to push back. IBM and HP are doing great business for Linux and open-source software, but we need their help. So we need corporate IS managers to talk with them about these issues.

"What's the biggest risk to the continued viability of open-source software?

"Perens: Software patents. Open-source developers are happy to keep writing software, but we do need companies like IBM and HP that have been our friends to help us with the issues surrounding software patents. I have developed OSS independently, on my own time. I am at risk, technically, from software patent holders. I think we need some change there. I would prefer not to lose my house, my car, due to a legal action against me..."

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