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ConsortiumInfo: Summary of Massachusetts ODF Hearing and Live Blogcast Text in Detail

Nov 01, 2005, 15:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"Part I summary:

  1. "Senator Pacheco doesn't understand the difference between open source and open standards (and certainly doesn't understand the difference between OpenDocument and OpenOffice). More than once, he indicated that he thought that the policy would require the Executive Agencies to use OpenOffice, not realizing that there are other compliant alternatives. He also thought that this would act to the detriment of Massachusetts software vendors, who (he thinks) would be excluded from doing business with the Commonwealth.
  2. "What he has most obviously been fed by MS et al is that 'The way that this was handled is counter to what open source is all about' (e.g., this, even though it seemed to be pretty clear that he doesn't really know what open source software really is, or what the GPL is, although he referred to it often). It's therefore hard to believe that he could have ever connected these dots on his own..."

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