Weblog:   The Growing Politicization of Open Source
Subject:   Governments can make their own purchasing decisions too
Date:   2002-08-16 11:05:57
From:   simonstl
Response to: Governments can make their own purchasing decisions too

"After all, what's the difference between legislation mandating open source, and legislation outlawing P2P file sharing? In one case, we say that it's good, and the other that it's bad."

A lot, actually. At least in theory, governments are there to make laws that make life better for the people they represent. This statement sounds like you'd really prefer that governments do nothing - an interesting argument, but not one which I think has much to do with open source per se.

We've got an opportunity now because the proprietary vendors have discredited themselves on a number of fronts - Microsoft in the antitrust trial, Oracle in California - so I don't see much reason to be particularly paranoid about government action on this front now. In fact, I'd argue that it's probably the best moment we're likely to see.