"...Mr. Lamothe spent nearly two years and $40,000 in
legal fees to defend his complaint. His victory, in which the
tribunal also ordered the library to pick up his legal costs,
should have won him the right to submit a bid built on the
Linux-based system his firm uses. Mr. Lamothe estimated the
contract was worth between $120,000 and $180,000.
...But Mr. Lamothe argues the ruling sets a precedent for all
federal departments buying computer services to "stop the Microsoft
monopoly" and open competition to all vendors using recognized open
"That ruling meant Parliament Hill will not be monopolized by
the Microsoft behemoth," said Mr. Lamothe. "The tribunal's decision
is a major legal victory for software that is based on open
standards, open source code and free from the tyranny of
proprietary monopoly. In other words, it's a victory for free and
open competition in the marketplace."