Colm MacCarthaigh wrote:
>> Buying a boxed set is about the worst form of contribution. If you lack
> programming skills then you can help with documentation, that's always
> appreciated, or even just contributing good bug reports is a huge help.
> There are important non-technical contributions.
That is a very interesting point and one that I certainly never
considered. I would never have thought about contributing in other
non-technical ways and now it is something I'm going to investigate.
>> No no no. Government should use Open Source more because it is generally
> cheaper (I'm convinced of that), there is no vendor lock-in and it
> maximises control over public data. Whether others use it or not should
> have no impact on that argument, and they should not be using propeitary
> formats. There is no way in which using Open Source could force others
> to conform.
Interesting point and one that makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately
Governments tend to be like a large crude oil carriers at sea, Very hard
to turn around.
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