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osOpinion: Are Canadian Tax Dollars Promoting Microsoft?

Oct 17, 2000, 07:14 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Lawrence Murphy)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"Last Friday (Oct 13, 2000), Canada Internet.com reported a partnership between Canada Post and 3Web. The announcement boasts a service, which can reach "70% of all Canadians". You have probably guessed the rest: This service, paid for with our tax dollars, supports and promotes Microsoft to the detriment of other OS vendors: This Federally funded program is implicitly restricted to only those Canadians who buy their O/S from Microsoft. The 3Web site presents an explicit message: There is no connection software for Mac, Linux, nor, dare I guess, for BSD or OS/2...."

"The net result (if you pardon the pun): By adding significant value exclusively to the US corporation's products, knowingly or not, Canada Post Corporation is in effect partnering with and promoting Microsoft, a corporation already convicted of illegal and predatory business practices, bolstering the sales of Microsoft Windows by excluding over one fifth of Canadians, frustrating even those users of the Canadian-made and world-class Corel Linux...."

"The fix for this situation is really very simple and affordable, even for a Crown Corporation: Canada Post should fund the development of a portable connection client released as open source software. The initial funding need only get the project into a workable state suitable for open source methodology. An open source license will allow and encourage porting of the software to unsupported platforms."

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