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Should Governments Legislate Open Source?

Jun 06, 2008, 23:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"Last week there was a minor ruckus over Jason Matusow's suggestion that governments should not legislate IT policy, whether for or against open-source software. He wrote:

"I think technology mandates are not good policy in any country... Technology providers want their current and future technologies considered on the merits of the technology and the value those technologies bring to those who choose to consume it. If a government mandates a specific technology and/or class of technologies, they are unnecessarily restricting their own choices. Inevitably statue moves more slowly than technology, and mandates subsequently lead to sub-optimal choices..."

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