LinuxToday.com.au: Is Linux Un-Australian?Feb 26, 2001, 04:22 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Firstly, outlawing free software in the United States of America wouldn't really have any effect on the free software movement, or Microsoft. Free software is developed worldwide in a collaborative effort, and outlawing it in one single country will have no long term effect upon the international software market. Microsoft doesn't only operate in the United States, and would still have to compete in every other market with free software."
"In fact, you would have a situation where the American policymakers would quickly realise that other countries were running software that simply wasn't available in the United States - because it was free. In 2 or 3 years, the world would be divided into those who were reaping the benefits of free software, and those who were still having their DNS servers compromised (as Microsoft did some weeks ago)."
"Secondly, the United States would see some of the most influential software companies in the world leaving their shores - for countries where innovation is being encouraged and not legislated against. Companies like IBM, Intel, Compaq and Solaris are all using free software as part of their competitive strategies. Can the United States afford to lose these companies?"
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