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NewsFactor: Linux and the Law

May 24, 2003, 05:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Wrolstad)

"Open-source software advocates, often dismissed as a meddlesome group of programmers and free-thinking radicals trying to subvert the established IT paradigm, are steadily gaining friends in lots of high places.

"In addition to businesses now taking a serious look at Linux, Apache and other open-source offerings, governments in the United States and across the globe are pursuing recommendations and regulations supporting alternatives to proprietary software.

"The latest broadside aimed at Microsoft and its corporate ilk was fired this spring by lawmakers in Oregon, who considered a bill that would require the state's purchasing agents not only to consider open-source when buying new software, but also to justify any purchases of proprietary products..."

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