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The Register: Victory Declared in the Open Source War That Never Was

Oct 21, 2003, 18:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"The Initiative for Software Choice (ISC) has declared victory in the open source war that never was--Massachusetts' 'Open Source Mandate,' which would have outlawed the purchase of practically all non-open source software by state agencies, if it had ever existed. Which it never, ever did.

"As The Register pointed out when the story broke last month, Massachusetts never said it was adopting a pro- open source policy, nor did it say it ever say it was mandating the purchase of open source software. It did say it would be adopting a broad-based strategy of moving its computer systems towards open standards. That didn't stop the BSA jumping in, nor the ISC, nor indeed (one must be fair) a rash of fevered speculation and Chinese whispers from the pro- open source camp..."

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