Microsoft's EU offer a 'poisoned honeypot' - rival

Posted on: March 10, 2006 - 08:27 By: carl

At last! An article on stuff outlining the real problems with 'shared source' initiatives. I have been especially disappointed with tertiary institutions who have taken up this offer in the past as it has the potential to eat into the very heart of the next generation of OSS developers. The risk in the education sector is even worse as even the fact that you attended an institution who signed an agreement may be an issue although you may never have seen the code yourself.

Conspiracy theorists could have a field day...

IBM Linux head says savings real

Posted on: March 10, 2006 - 08:19 By: carl

A short article on stuff covering the recent visit of Mary Ann Fisher and GOVIS Open Source seminar. Interesting takeaways are:

  • gov.uk saved 2.3 billion euro by switching to a Linux based procurement systems
  • only 2% of companies see benefit in a in a total OSS stack, so hybrid systems are here for a while folks

Still lots of opportunity out there!

MP criticises SSC open source guidelines

Posted on: March 6, 2006 - 23:06 By: carl

This article in Computerworld covers reaction to the State Services Commission OSS guidelines document here. There was a bit of discussion about this at the recent GOVIS Open Source Seminar as well. And of course the NZOSS mailing list has been fairly smoking!

The NZOSS is in the process of formulating a response to the SSC to express our concerns about some aspects of the guidelines.

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