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Computerworld Hong Kong: Open Source Debate Heats Up at Conference

Oct 19, 2002, 05:30 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gretel Johnston)

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"Open source advocate Bruce Perens, who last month left Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) after announcing his desire to become more active in promoting open source software, took an aggressive stand Thursday against Computing Technology Industry Association's 'software choice' campaign, saying it does not promote fairness, as CompTIA claims, and would lock open source software out of the government marketplace.

"CompTIA has 'carefully crafted a message that appears to call for fairness while actually supporting policy that would retain the status quo of a strong bias toward proprietary software,' Perens said during a panel discussion at a conference here on the use of open source software by governments. 'They explicitly call for public entities to blind themselves to the merits of one intellectual property policy over another and they have the nerve to call that fairness.'

"CompTIA's Initiative for Software Choice is a lobbying effort spearheaded by CompTIA, based in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, a trade association with more than 8,000 computer and communications companies, including numerous small businesses and several prominent hardware and software developers such as Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp..."

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