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SUNY Buffalo Faculty Passes Resolution Urging All Open-Source Use

Apr 03, 2003, 21:00 (10 Talkback[s])


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[Editor's Note: Readers may note the date of the resolution and suspect a hoax; however, there is prior documentation on the SUNY site concerning this resolution going back to mid-February. I believe this resoution approved by the SUNY Faculty Senate is indeed genuine. Excerpts below. -BKP]

"3 WHEREAS, the free flow of information has for many years been hampered by incompatibilities between Microsoft software and non-Microsoft systems caused by Microsoft-specific modifications to open protocols (such as Kerberos[1]), document formats (such as HTML[2]), and programming languages (such as Java[3]); and

"4 WHEREAS, there appears to be significant risk that future Microsoft operating systems will serve to curtail the rights of scholars and the public to Fair Use of copyrighted material, as is suggested by Microsoft's patent for a "Digital Rights Management Operating System" (US Patent #6330670, Dec. 2001)[4], and its development of Palladium[5] and Secure Audio Path[6], which are technologies that prevent direct access by computer users to data on their own computers...

"13 RESOLVED that the Faculty of the University at Buffalo call on the University to provide support for the use by interested students, faculty, and administrators of the GNU/Linux operating system..."

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