Tonight Live: Open Source Takes on the US State Governments Plus MS DebunkingMar 25, 2003, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2003
At 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et.... Kevin Hill, Jeff Gerhardt, Doc Searls (Linux Journal), Arne Flones and Russ Pavlicek; are back live tonight. We have a great show lined up tonight on The Linux Show!
Segment One- The News. We will cover THE HOT NEWS of the last few weeks. The whole crew should be on line tonight. News includes: Centrino debate, Boycott Office Depot????, Doc live reporting from PC Forum in Scottsdale Arizona, The egov open source conference, FCC follow up, Microsoft Vs Linux Numbers debunked, more SCO, and way more.
Segment Two- The Political Battle For Open
Source- The Oregon Front
Tonight on the show we will be joined by Cooper Stevenson and Ken Barber of MVLUG in Oregon. Ken is the "co-author" of the present legislation in Oregon that strongly promotes Open Source software as an option for government purposes. Cooper is acting as a concerned citizen and community advocate to promote this recently proposed piece of Oregon State legislation.
The idea of the legislation was a brainchild of Ken Barber. Ken, a network administrator from Eugene, Ore., contacted Oregon State Rep Phil Barnhart and talked with him at length about the issue of Open Source as an alternative option. Barber eventually drafted the legislation Barnhart introduced in the form of Oregon HB2892.
Crushed by shortfalls, state and local governments; as well as school distrcits from coast to coast are looking for ways of making up the cash crunch shortfall. Frustrated by these budget woes, Oregon legislator Barnhart has introduced the bill created by Barber that would require state agencies to at minimum consider open-source software when making future IT purchases.
"The idea of the Bill", said Barnhart,"is to offer cheaper and more flexible options to government agencies through the use of open-source, standards-based software rather than proprietary applications."
The focus of the bill, according to cooper, is that expensive proprietary applications and operating systems cost more to buy and maintain than similar open-source alternatives, while providing few additional benefits.
Cooper Stevenson is the Coordinator for the Mid-Willamette Valley Linux User's Group in Corvallis, Oregon and is an active promoter of Open Source Software for home and business use. He is the owner of Intrinzix Wireless.
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