[wilhelmtux-discussion] [Fwd: [LB-lobbying] juste un exemple...]

Myriam Schweingruber schweingruber at myriam.ch
Fre Jan 31 11:21:25 CET 2003

Hi list members,

I just got this interesting article. Quite nice arguments, don't you

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From: RIMOLDI Alessandro <alessandro.rimoldi at unifr.ch>
To: 'linuxbourg-lobbying at linuxbourg.ch' <linuxbourg-lobbying at linuxbourg.ch>
Subject: [LB-lobbying] juste un exemple...
Date: 31 Jan 2003 11:15:05 +0100

PHP creator: Rasmus Lerdof

What do you think of open source in government and education? 

It's common sense that they should not rely on closed source, because they
don't know exactly how it works.
Microsoft have come out saying they are releasing their [Windows] source
code, but there are going to be all sorts of restrictions on that. I'm
sceptical of that. With open source stuff they can hire people to read and
audit the code and they don't have to sign the really nasty non-disclosure

More on the education side they should use open source software. It makes no
sense to base an educational system on property software. All you are doing
is generating new customers for a company as opposed to creating the people
that might be the next Microsoft. For example if you have a database course,
use an open source database and show them how the database works. Not
everyone is going to dig into the guts of this thing, but there will be two
or three kids in every class that will, and from what they will learn they
can build the next great database. It's crazy when educational systems don't
go with open source and go all Microsoft. That is where governments really
should be pushing universities. 

   Doing a Masters of .NET? Now that's a joke. Governments at the national
level should push universities to go with open source systems, despite the
kickbacks they might receive [by opting for proprietary systems]. In the
long run it?s going to help a lot more than it?s going to hurt. I've met a
lot of MCSE folks, some of them are great, some don?t know anything. Some
people are great at taking tests, they couldn't do any independent thinking
if it killed them. 

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