[clug] What sort of OSS legislation would you like to see
Martijn van Oosterhout
kleptog at svana.org
Fri Aug 8 16:25:03 EST 2003
On Fri, Aug 08, 2003 at 01:06:18PM +1000, Carl Jackson wrote:
> A second issue I'd like to throw open to the forum - if a pro OSS bill
> goes through the Assembly - what would you like it to be? What key
> wording in particular. From a practical point of view I'm fairly
> certain that an absolute OSS mandate bill would not get the numbers.
Is an OSS mandate really a good idea? A government is in the business of
making its people happy, not to espouse our ideological point of view.
> Whats more even if it did get up it would have no chance of being
> adopted as model legislation for a federal bill, which is where the real
> action is. I've read the Texas and Oregan bills and they seem good if
> a little soft - however my personal view is I'd like to be tough about
> Desktop OSs and Office packages, and my view as a lobbyist is that is
> not impossible to sell to the MLAs. As a minimum language such as
I'd be in favour of initially skipping "open source" and focussing on "open
formats". It's a much easier sell with much more obvious benefits. There is
such thing as too much regulation.
I recently saw a comment about how the US IT industry made a mistake calling
the DoJ on Microsoft. Up until that point the Govt had stayed away from
regulating the industry.
> "fair and equitable consideration must be give to OSS alternatives in
> all purchasing decisions" in clearly necessary. My current thinking is
> something that makes OSS options the "default" solution, and puts an
> onus on the Public Service buyer to prove that the default is not viable
> if he wishes to buy a proprietary product - what does the list think of
IMHO, you don't want to force it down people. That just gets people offside.
Better start simple and obvious and work your way up.
Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog at svana.org> http://svana.org/kleptog/
> "All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for enough good
> men to do nothing." - Edmond Burke
> "The penalty good people pay for not being interested in politics is to be
> governed by people worse than themselves." - Plato
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