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ZDNet: In Defense of Proprietary Software

Dec 18, 2003, 02:30 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Carroll)

"The International Telecommunications Union's World Summit on the Information Society (or WSIS for short, because we need more acronyms in the world) was last week. The conference was intended as a forum to discuss the information technology revolution, and more specifically, the growing 'digital divide' between rich and poor nations...

"Of particular interest, however, was a moderated debate on the issue of preferential treatment for open-source products in government procurement, a topic I have discussed in the past. Four of the panelists were pro-preference, and represented Malaysia, Cuba, Peru and Kenya. The lone voice opposing such preferences was Bob Kramer, Vice President for Public Policy from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a group upon which Bruce Perens has trained his ever-present 'Microsoft is the source of everything bad that happens' machine gun..."

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