[kwlug-disc] Fwd: Canadian Gov RFI on FOSS

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 5 14:53:08 EST 2009

The RFI seems to have been purposely agnostic of the differences between Free software, Open source and Freeware. The good thing is that the RFI, by definition, provides the right mechanism for education. By providing the relevant information explaining what is Free software, what are the benefits.

The questions presented in section 3 are great. I'll personally join the discussion and present my responses.

This also seems to be a perfect topic for a KWLUG roundtable.

The closing is February 19 at 2:00 PM EST

Raul Suarez

Technology consultant
Software, Hardware and Practices
An eclectic collection of random thoughts

----- Original Message ----
From: Darcy Casselman <dscassel at gmail.com>
To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 5, 2009 2:27:00 PM
Subject: [kwlug-disc] Fwd: Canadian Gov RFI on FOSS

The Canadian government's asked for comments from "suppliers" of "no
charge licensed software", by which they apparently mean free and open
source software.

The Ubuntu Canada LoCo Team looks like it's going to put together a
submission, possibly with the help of Canonical.  If you are or are in
contact with anyone in Canada who the government might consider a
supplier or free software, open source software or freeware, you might
want to pass this link along.

Also, if you have or know anybody who has experience crafting
government RFI submissions, Ubuntu Canada can definitely use your
help.  Or if you just want to join in the discussion, by all means
jump on the ubuntu-ca mailing list.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Corey Burger <corey.burger at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 12:54 AM
Subject: Canadian Gov RFI on FOSS
To: The Canadian Ubuntu Users Community <ubuntu-ca at lists.ubuntu.com>

Seems our Government is asking "Industry" to send it information about
FOSS and has put out an RFI about it:

I propose we (as ubuntu-ca) write up a response and send it off under
the name of Ubuntu Canada. We can be sure that MS and all the little
lobby groups are going to do so, so getting in there soon is a good



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