"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..."