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LinuxMall.com: The Man on the Street (Web?) Reviews France's Open Source Trend

May 05, 2000, 00:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

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"The Reuters story detailed a French parliamentary proposal requiring software companies to reveal their closely-guarded secrets for all to see, study and modify. The proponents of the bill claim that this openness would allow the design of compatible programs and prevent France from becoming dependent on one type of operating system (OS)."

"Even the drafters of the proposed law are less than optimistic about its passage--which would give Linux and other Open Source projects a significant edge in France."

"That didn't stop a number of people from pointing out the pros and cons of such legislation on ZDNet's talk-back forum. John (who only gave his first name), was "looking forward to the source code being opened up because then we will all know the true madness Microsoft has been up to for years. Just think how many bugs and security holes would be exposed and debugged the very first day as everybody digs into those monsters called Windows, Office and IIS," he wrote."

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