SearchOpenSource: Updegrove: Mass. OpenDocument Debate to Remain on 'Front Burner' in 2006
Dec 13, 2005, 19:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Loftus)
[ Thanks to Peter Parker for this
"The OpenDocument debate is an important event for
government IT, open standards, for freedom in software. Is there a
danger that this has become too political?
"Andrew Updegrove: I think, as far as
Massachusetts is concerned, the ODF decision has become a pawn in a
political power play, and now the debate is in a dominion of
politics that IT, decidedly, has rarely experienced in the
"So, yes, [the ODF debate] really has become hijacked by
political forces in the Commonwealth and obviously the debate has
been encouraged by independent opponents to ODF as well. To put it
another way, if you wanted to shoot down ODF you couldn't have been
luckier with fault lines in Massachusetts to work with..."