[clug] What sort of OSS legislation would you like to see

Sam Couter sam at couter.dropbear.id.au
Mon Aug 11 18:29:32 EST 2003

Doug.Palmer at csiro.au <Doug.Palmer at csiro.au> wrote:
> Besides which, if people are sure of OSS, it should be a natural contender
> under open standards.

That's a very naive view. Proprietary software vendors have quite a few
resources at hand (much more marketing of course, but even kickbacks for
execs and management) for sweetening a deal with a large enough
organisation. Once the large organisation is hooked, it lends more
weight to the "Most popular OS/solution provider/whatever" argument for
rolling smaller organisations over. It also means that those of us with
less purchasing power must spend up at full price to be able to deal
with the larger organisations.

You're also ignoring the political attitudes of software purchasers.
Remember, "Nobody ever got fired for buying Microsoft". Buying OSS is a
ballsy move and will remain so for some time (especially while Microsoft
keeps its influence in corporate culture).
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