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CNET News: The Politics of Open-Source Software

Jul 16, 2003, 02:30 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Declan McCullagh)

"Mike Wendy says he doesn't hate open-source software.

"Wendy, spokesman and policy counsel for the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC), says he just wants to make sure government agencies don't unduly favor open-source or free programs over proprietary software.

"'We want a process that is not based on automatic preferences,' Wendy said.

"The ISC is by far the most vocal opponent of a growing trend: Legislation that, if enacted, would all but prohibit government agencies from purchasing proprietary software for their own use. The ISC asserts that such legislation could jeopardize the future of the worldwide commercial software industry..."

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