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Nov 07, 2002, 03:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"One thing you have to admire about Bruce Perens: he has lots of ideas and he's not afraid to implement them. Before the door was fully closed behind him at HP, he started Sincere Choice to counter Microsoft's 'Software Choice' initiative. Now he's heading up a new non-profit: the Global Technology Policy Institute.

"GTPI is acting as an umbrella for Sincere Choice and other Perens initiatives like the Royalty-Free Standards project and the Computer Customer Representation project. More than that, it is a covering for Perens himself, who would like to maintain his status as an Open Source evangelist. Sounds easy. But these things do take money.

"So GTPI is soliciting donations from individuals and corporations. 'For the past two years, my efforts on behalf the free software community have been graciously supported by the Hewlett Packard company, and to a lesser extent out of my own pocket. Now I need to find another funding source that will allow me to continue to devote half of my time to representing the Free Software community, while remaining free from a corporate agenda that would dilute my message,' he writes at the GTPI website..."

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