"Bruce Perens, the guy who coined the term 'Open Source' way
back in 1997, has been in the news a lot lately. Some of the media
attention has been on his parting of the ways with Hewlett-Packard
(Perens calls his departure more of a amicable decision -- The New
York Times' description of it as a firing was a bit overblown,
"But Perens has also been getting coverage for his Sincere
Choice initiative, a political platform responding to the
Microsoft-backed Initiative for Software Choice, with 'choice'
meaning customers should be able to choose either proprietary
software or ... proprietary software. It's kind of like the old
joke about music choices in the rural United States: 'We like both
kinds of music out here, country and western...'
"NewsForge: Why did you launch Sincere
"Perens: I started it because I heard about
this Microsoft-instigated Software Choice a few months before that.
They were keeping a very low profile, trying to get other companies
to join. I just thought, 'Well, somebody should point out that this
is made in the tradition of soft money political campaigns.' They
don't really ever mention the topic; they just sort of make a lot
of mother- and apple-pie-like statements around the topic. But the
real meat is that they're for patents in industry standards. They
feel that Open Source isn't necessary for acceptance of
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