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Open Letter to the Government of Newfoundland
Monday, January 05 2004 @ 06:47 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,803
Speeches The cost of moving the standard word processing software for the Government of Newfoundland to Microsoft Word will cost millions of dollars in tangible and intangible costs, lock the province into insecure, bug-ridden, proprietary software, and buck a global trend towards free software, with absolutely no benefit to either the Government or the taxpayers of Newfoundland. There exists the opportunity for Newfoundland to continue to be the Canadian leader in cost-saving ventures by becoming the first Canadian province to embrace free, open-source software as part of its IT policy, and investing the millions of dollars saved on proprietary software into local industry.

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A Reply to Howard Strauss
Saturday, November 08 2003 @ 09:08 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 4,842
Speeches I read an article this morning, written by Howard Strauss that was published in the Princeton University Syllabus. In it, Mr. Strauss suggests that using Open Source Software is tantamount to falling for one of the Nigerian advance fee scams.

No doubt there will be many replies to such flame bait from the community; a more reasonable response may be just to ignore the ignorance. However, I decided to write an open letter to clarify a few things that Mr. Strauss obviously has difficulty with.

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Wake up call from keynote speakers at San Diego Open Source Convention
Thursday, July 25 2002 @ 10:52 PM CST
Contributed by: michael
Views:: 6,613
Speeches Sam Williams the author of Free as in Freedom has got his take on the keynote speeches and speakers at the recently held Open Source Convention in San Diego.

Sam reports that Stallman and Lessig both called upon the audience to get active and get awake politically and to unlearn the the habit of ignoring the political realm.

We do so at our own peril. Given the activities of the transnational proprietary pushers and the obscene amounts of political donations that entire industries are buying political influence with, The debate may soon go far beyond Stallman's Freedom above all else mantra.

Freedom of use of our technology is being erroded by bad laws and worse politicians on a daily basis now. So as Sam says "What have you done for Freedom Today"
Sams article can be found HERE

RMS On Copyright and Community in the age of Computer Networks
Tuesday, April 09 2002 @ 08:13 PM CST
Contributed by: michael
Views:: 3,648
Speeches CanOpener wishes It was in DC Tonight.
Stallman is speaking at the Headquarters of The Democratic National Commitee in Washington DC.

Some how the DC Pearl Mongers and the folks at, managed to put this on.

stay tuned and hopefully we can get a posted link or transcript soon.

will redo this posting as i get more info.

Tony Stanco's Speaks on Open Source/Free Software to World Bank
Friday, January 18 2002 @ 03:42 PM CST
Contributed by: michael
Views:: 3,987
Speeches Tony Stanco the founder of the FreeDevelopers Network and a Senior Policy Analyst at The George Washinton University's
Cyberspace Policy Institue presented a speach on Open Source
and Free Software development to the World Bank"s Infodev
Annual Meeting on Dec 6th, 2001 in Washington D.C.
According to Tony"s research there are now approximately 300,000 Open Source/Free Software Developers in over 70
countries working on 30,000 active software development projects.
Tony"s speech can be found Here

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