"On one side of the contest are the members of this
beer-drinking bunch--all diehard supporters of open source
technology--and their increasingly successful counterparts in the
United States, Europe and South America. On the other are Microsoft
and a high-powered software industry lobby group which quietly
launched in May.
"Ordinarily, the likes of Bill Gates and other software
heavyweights would be the Goliaths in any tussle against grassroots
techies. But in this case, the software industry has had to take
counter-measures after its open source adversaries made inroads in
France, Germany, Peru, Argentina and even California. The guys at
the café would like to add Canada to that list.
"On Fridays after work, members of GOSLING--Getting Open Source
Logic Into Governments--gather at the café to discuss what
can be done to change the way Canadian governments buy and develop
software. They say governments should be using more open source
software. Some even want governments to say they'll only use open
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