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Link: Calls for open source government

Sun co-founder Scott McNealy, quoted in BBC article Calls for open source government:

The government ought to mandate open source products based on open source reference implementations to improve security, get higher quality software, lower costs, higher reliability – all the benefits that come with open software.

I can’t think of a more damning statement for a business model than to say that governments should force people to use it.

It was obscene when true.com tried to establish its business model as law in several states (including Michigan, embarrassingly), it’s obscene when Old Media insists that laws be crafted to suit its broken business models… so where’s the outrage in response to this? If anything, the OSS community should be worried that OSS’ benefits aren’t self-evident, and that it therefore needs to be propped up by the force of law.

Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.

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