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Green Party election platform to include support for open source
Monday, January 09 2006 @ 05:15 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
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It may be excluded from Monday night’s national leadership debates, but the Green Party of Canada is about to release a more detailed platform that will reiterate its support for open source software adoption in the public sector.

The party will include its stance on open source software in a section called “technology and culture” that will be among several mini-platforms it will publish within the next two weeks, a spokesman said. In its platform for the 2004 election, the Green Party set itself apart by promising that, if elected, it would require federal agencies to initiate transitions to open source operating systems and productivity software. It also said it would make technology that has been developed at public expense a publicly owned resource.

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Green Party election platform to include support for open source
Authored by: pogson on Monday, January 16 2006 @ 06:30 PM CST
This is interesting. I wonder if this is a motherhood issue that all the parties might support. The Liberals have stolen issues from the NDP and the Conservatives for decades. This is one they might support from the Greens. The Conservatives could support this on the basis of fiscal responsibility but they might have issues with harming some special interests. Is Microsoft a contributor to any party?

I recently looked at server usage by the feds. They have a few Linux servers, but the majority are using Unix and Windows. Switching from Unix to Linux may be feasible using some of the newer hardware. Switching from Windows to Linux is often pretty easy for small operations but the feds are not small. It would be interesting to ask all candidates where they stand on FOSS. I know many school divisions are sticking with Windows come Hell or high water. It might help if governments established some leadership rather than maintaining the status quo. The taxpayers want to know.

"Complexity kills." - Ray Ozzie, Microsoft 2005
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