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[News] Freedom Software Defended by OSI and New Studies

  • Subject: [News] Freedom Software Defended by OSI and New Studies
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Oct 2009 20:08:50 +0100
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- From Free to Recovery

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| As my fellow OSI board member (and report draft author 
| Rishab Ghosh) explains "If you cannot quantify these 
| exit costs, then you should limit them. If you cannot 
| limit them, then you either need other software, or you 
| need better criteria." When the question is "How do we 
| wasting $1T USD per year on ITC spending?", the answer 
| is that we're using inferior tools when superior tools 
| are available. When the question is "Why are we wasting 
| so much year after year after year?" the answer is 
| proprietary lock-in that was never part of our initial 
| procurement calculations. I have spoken with 
| procurement people around the world in both the public 
| and private sectors, and the single best way we can 
| help them do the best job is for a line of business (or 
| a public adminstrations) to communicate clearly and 
| concretely the message that exit costs are real costs, 
| and should be considered in all tenders. They have the 
| necessary expertise to see that those costs are 
| properly evaluated in the context of future 
| procurements.


Open Source software growing in importance

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| The increasing ease of integration and compatibility 
| with different platforms has seen businesses in the 
| Asia Pacific region increasingly evaluating Open Source 
| software as a viable alternative as they continue to 
| look for ways to reduce operational expenses.



A question of bias

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| According to Techworld, Jonathan Zuck of the Association for Competitive
| Technology (ACT) has recently accused the European Commission of having a
| bias in favor of open source. This is an interesting claim for a number of
| reasons, not least of which is the question "who is the ACT?" and "what are
| they doing in the halls of the European Commission?". But the question of
| reported bias is also an interesting one, and characterizes on of the great
| philosophical and political challenges of our age.
| The great American experiment of democratically electing its government
| quickly evolved beyond the political sphere. By 1835, when Alexis de
| Tocqueville published Democracy In America, the effect of democratic choice
| could be seen affecting wages, religion, attitudes towards war and peace, and
| even the English language itself.
| [...]
| And so we have an actor, Jonathan Zuck, using lines from a story that
| confound and abuse any notion of objective truth. By leading with an
| accusation of bias, it is philosophically impossible to discern what is the
| proper choice and what is not, because no truth, in that frame, is better
| than any other. The result: a stagnation of dialogue and the preservation of
| the status quo.

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