"David Bucknell has written a lengthy description on The Story
Behind Open Source Software. It is intended to be a good general
introduction to the topic for non-technical, intelligent readers.
We think it is well-written and should be very useful in explaining
why we think open source/free software is important to the world
beyond our community.
"On May 7 Schoolforge sent this press release rebutting
Microsoft's published position on donating used computers to
schools out to the technical and general press. It received
moderate attention in the Linux community. However, two of the
references in the press release's footnotes attracted major
"The first was Microsoft Peru's letter taking issue with a
proposed new Peruvian law mandating the use of free software by
government agencies, and Congressman Dr. Edgar David Villanueva
Nuñez's response to it. Dr. Villanueva's letter is a
masterpiece of clear logical thinking and rational argument.
Excerpting it cannot do it justice; it must be read in its