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

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 5 16:12:26 EST 2009

Being an RFI with no associated bidding, I understood that it is not exclusive for "vendors". In any case, the worst that can happen is that they won't read a "non-vendor" submission..

While I think that a concerted response is better than 100 individual responses I don't think that it means "one response".

 Raul Suarez

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----- Original Message ----
From: Paul Nijjar <paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca>
To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 5, 2009 3:53:56 PM
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Fwd: Canadian Gov RFI on FOSS

--- On Thu, 2/5/09, Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com> wrote:

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

I think the two are linked, personally. It is possible to highlight
pragmatic advantages (e.g. being able to customize code and write
custom plugins) and then explain how the philosophical licencing
permits those pragmatic advantages. 

However, I am a bit confused. People are talking about writing
comments. But is it not the case that only companies and organizations
that produce free software are supposed to participate?

0. I am not actively contributing code to any free software projects.
Am I prohibited from participating?

1. Raul writes code for Puppy Linux, which is not based in Canada. He
does so on a volunteer basis. Is he prohibited?

2. CLUE is an advocacy group for FLOSS that does not (as far as I
know) produce software. Is it prohibited?

- Paul

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