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ITBusiness.ca: Don't Open Source, Don't Tell

Dec 03, 2002, 09:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Shane Schick)

[ Thanks to Russell McOrmond for this link. ]

"You might as well call it an election campaign.

"It's going to get dirty, this tit-for-tat exchange between those lobbying for increased use of open source in government and a coalition that calls itself the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC). The latest salvo came this week, when the ISC filed a document with the U.S. Defense Department that rebuts an earlier report from defense contractor MITRE. While MITRE endorsed open source technologies like Linux as a viable alternative to Microsoft applications, the ISC (which includes Microsoft as a key member), recommends that the Pentagon should not "openly promote the use" of such software.

"The whole thing reminds me of the congressional election campaign commercials we saw recently on U.S. TV channels, where candidates spent more time bashing each other than putting forward original ideas for improving the community. The ISC's name, meanwhile, is a hilarious example of co-opting the vocabulary of your opponent to further your own agenda..."

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