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LinuxMAX: Open Letter: The State of OSS Adoption by New Zealand Government

Jun 21, 2002, 19:00 (7 Talkback[s])

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"I will not bore you with the usual rhetoric on this debate, since most of you simply want to go to work, be productive and go home. What computer platform (Operating System) you do that on most likely doesn't matter to you a whole lot, as it doesn't to most people. Most of you use Windows at home and at work so the continued use of this "standard" would seem a no-brainer. It used to be, since Microsoft was really the first company to bring a computer Operating System with any kind of easy graphical functionality to the home user. As such, they have achieved a complete and monopolistic market dominance of the Personal Computer market. Nowadays however there are many Open Source alternatives to Microsoft products.

"I am not an eloquent man but I am a concerned one. Concerned men (and women) with morals and courage speak out, even when the issues are complex and the solution seems hopeless or difficult. When one does the math, 80,000 Microsoft licensing seats at the hoped for rate of $250 per seat per year is $20 million per year to Microsoft (a lot of money when one considers that the population of New Zealand is less than 4 million). What can we buy with $NZ 20 million in each and every year? A provincial hospital, a new school? In contrast does Microsoft add $NZ 20 million to our economy? This kind of money (even if it ends up being less than this because MS cuts NZ a better deal) going from our government into the hands of a foreign business should be avoided at all costs..."

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