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The Heartland Institute: 'Free' Software Isn’t Free

Dec 30, 2004, 17:30 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve DelBianco)

"States facing budget shortfalls are poring over government management and purchasing practices in search of any sort of savings. At the same time, a worldwide movement for 'free and open software' falsely promises something for nothing plus the ability to modify code and share changes among users.

"State legislators attracted to the free software flame are likely to get burned if preference legislation opens a dangerous back door to purchasing safeguards and ends up costing more than commercial software alternatives..."

[Editor's Note: Just for perspective, according to the article's bio, "Steve DelBianco represents the Association for Competitive Technology [ACT] and the NetChoice Coalition." ACT is a lobbying organization with members that include many proprietary software companies, including Microsoft.]

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