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osOpinion: About the Whitehose: Now For Something Slightly Different

Feb 10, 2000, 07:25 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wesley Parish)

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"The US Air Force has accepted that Linux deserves some respect. I have no idea what the other services of the US Armed Forces plan to do. But it's a start...."

"Very well, if the US executive branch believes that Microsoft is a monopoly that is harming consumers and is stifling competition, let it put its money where its mouth is, and steer its many tentacles away from Microsoft products, demanding proof at least that the tentacles have considered alternatives on the basis of cost, performance, reliability and all the things that a business owner or manager is supposed to consider. We all know of course that too many don't even think of it - it's too hard to make choices, doncha know!"

"But consider the flow-on benefits to the general consumer of the US executive branch taking this step. The world's other governments would have to take seriously the idea that interchanging information with the US Government means using open standards...."

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