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The Heartland Insititute: Minnesota Botches IT Bill

May 24, 2005, 16:00 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Titch)

"Caught up in the fervor over open-source software and believing open-source alternatives save money, Minnesota wants to encourage the use of royalty-free operating systems such as Linux. The law, proposed as HF 2222, would require state agencies that opt for proprietary software to submit a justification to the legislature. Call it death by red tape.

"While open-source options frequently are less expensive than their proprietary counterparts, opens-source software does not come without costs...."

[Editor's Note: While the list of donors to The Heartland Institute is no longer completely known, it is worthy to note that the donors who are known bear a striking resemblance to the major donors of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution. -BKP]

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