>> * The Government should mandate the use of Open Standards and
> Open-standards products accross the board, where an Open
> Standard is a published standard, available from a reputable
> international standards body and there are at least two
> independent implementations of software capable of fully
> interpretting those standards.
>> * Recognising that Open Source has a different cost-model but
> also that in some areas it represents good potential for
> savings, the evaluation of Open Source software should be
> a requirement of all future ICT public procurement
>> * Open Source software protects our national security intrests
I agree with your points.
I also agree that what is really needed is some sort of non-business(x)
specific Open Source lobby. The more community driven that appears, the harder
it is to ignore, since, the first argument against it aka "You're all in it for
the money" is spurious with relation to the group.
I question however that any actual progress can be made without associated
humiliation of a government Minister.
Perhaps Mary Hannafin is an exception to the rule of Mr Cullen, perhaps not.
Before I get branded an anti-globalisation Linux-Communist by Minister Hannafin
for suggesting that government policy might benefit from a change of opinion
though, my inital reaction would be one of, get members of the oppositon on our
side, have them make noises, the ethos behind Open Source should appeal to them
in any case.
Perhaps the best thing to do here, is require the Minister's department to
furnish either the ILUG or interested members of it, with the
report/documentation as to where the government 'looked' into the total cost of
ownership of Open Source solutions, so that we could formulate a rebuttal.
If after a reasoned rebuttal, where we assume that we can 'prove' TCO is lower
with Open Source alternatives, the Minister and Department continue to proceed
with what seems like a commitment to Propiatery software, in the face of
reason, al-la E-Voting, it's time to lobby the opposition.
Perhaps, the easiest thing to do, is to forego the whole 'reasoned debate'
thing and have some rabid members of the opposition shout "J'Accuse" from the
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