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Re: Quinn Openly Advocates Open Source Software

__/ [ B Gruff ] on Sunday 26 March 2006 23:53 \__

> On Sunday 26 March 2006 22:48 Bob Tennent wrote:
>> On Sun, 26 Mar 2006 19:08:20 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>  > Former Massachusets CIO vocal about open source
>>  >
>>  > ,----[ Quote ]
>>  >| Former Massachusetts state government CIO Peter Quinn believes that
>>  >| any technology leader, in the public or private sector, who is not
>>  >| supporting and implementing open standards should resign.
>>  > `----
>>  >
>>  >
> http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/mgmt/98B8C259E9FD95CDCC25713B000BB039
>> open standards != open source

Of course not, but the relationship is reciprocal.

>> The appropriate quote to have used is:
>>   As well as being cheaper, open source software is higher in quality
>>   and more secure. Plus security breaches tend to get fixed more quickly
>>   because of the number of eyes on the issue.
> Don't you find *both* of those quotes to be significant, Bob?
> When Peter was CIO, he (publicly at least) seemed to push only Open
> Standards.
> Now, it would appear that he is also strongly advocating Open Source.

That's a very good point.

> My word, there were wintrolls round here cheering when he resigned.  I'll
> lay odds that there are some at MS who wish he'd stayed in that job - there
> he was to a large extent muzzled;  now he's free to speak his mind!

I'm sure he makes a great living. For such keynote talks, one would get paid
a fortune. Wait until more governments take an initiative (e.g. Australia,
Norway, Finland, Germany) to investigate Open Source alternatives and invite
Quinn to serve as a gentle oracle.

Best wishes,


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