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More Fun with Anti-Open Source FUD

Mar 04, 2011, 16:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to E5Rebel for this link. ]

"One of the oddest aspects of open source is that unlike any comparable computing field that I am aware of, it has been stalked for years by a strange, insubstantial beast going by the name of FUD. Back in 2006, I wrote a short history of the topic, but in the five years since then we've seen plenty more.

"I wrote about one example back in January. And just this week we've been privileged to see this rather amusing piece of FUD concerning the Cabinet Office note defining open standards that I discussed on Monday:

""BSA strongly supports open standards as a driver of interoperability; but we are deeply concerned that by seeking to define openness in a way which requires industry to give up its intellectual property, the UK government's new policy will inadvertently reduce choice, hinder innovation and increase the costs of e-government," said the lobbying group, which represents many proprietary software groups."

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