The Register: BSA Imagines Open Source Policy, Attacks mass.gov
Sep 30, 2003, 20:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)
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"When it comes to antipiracy policy Microsoft and the Business
Software Alliance have a great deal in common, but when the BSA
mounts an attack on a software purchasing policy that doesn't quite
exist yet, and quite possibly won't exist, one begins to wonder
who's driving the 'voice of the world's commercial software
industry.' The BSA, it says here, 'is concerned' about 'reports'
that 'the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may be imposing a blanket
policy on software purchases without giving the directive a full
"More specifically, these reports claim that 'Commonwealth CIO
Peter Quinn recently announced a state initiative that will require
that all information technology expenditures in 2004 and 2005 be
made on open source software. The requirement would apparently be
part of a broader policy that also focuses on the issue of open
technical standards, according to reports...'"