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Boston Globe: Open-Source Battle is Heating Up

Dec 22, 2003, 16:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hiawatha Bray)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"The future of the computer software industry was being fought out last week in the Massachusetts Senate. It was just a skirmish, but dozens more just like it are happening in legislatures around the world. And the outcome will go a long way toward determining the shape of the industry in years to come. Our state's role in the drama began in September, when a remarkable memo leaked from the office of Eric Kriss, Massachusetts secretary of finance and administration. The memo said, or seemed to say, that the entire state would abandon the use of traditional computer software and replace them with 'open-source' programs.

"So what? Well, imagine being told that your company was getting rid of all its Microsoft Corp. software, like Windows and Office, two of the most widely used programs on Earth. Or that you'd be losing all your Apple Computer Inc. machines running Macintosh software, or all of your Oracle Corp. databases. Most of the world runs on this kind of proprietary, 'closed-source' software, in which the underlying source code remains the confidential property of the software vendor..."

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