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

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 5 15:24:18 EST 2009

We know that Microsoft's response is going to be FUD.

The Free software community should respond objectively, facts based. 

Fanboyism and opinions should be left out.

The main question is: Should ethics be left out? Should it be just a pragmatic response or also a philosophically one?

 Raul Suarez

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

----- Original Message ----
From: Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca>
To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 5, 2009 2:57:18 PM
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Fwd: Canadian Gov RFI on FOSS

On Thu, 5 Feb 2009, Raul Suarez wrote:

> 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.

  i have already posted on the TLUG mailing list that i know for a
fact that microsoft has already downloaded that RFI, which means that
*their* response is going to be their typical FUD about how OSS is a
terrible idea.  you might want to craft your submissions with that in


Robert P. J. Day
Linux Consulting, Training and Annoying Kernel Pedantry:
    Have classroom, will lecture.

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