[Scottish] Patrik Harvie's Open Source motioon in Holyrood

Willie Fleming willie at glasgownet.com
Mon Nov 15 19:04:15 GMT 2004

Can I just remind folks to contact their MSPs to urge support for the motion 
Patrick Harvie has raised?

S2M-1921 Patrick Harvie: Open Source and Free Software-That the Parliament
 welcomes the findings of the Office of Government Commerce's report
 following proof-of-concept trials of Open Source software; notes that the
 report concludes that Open Source software is a viable and credible
 alternative to proprietary software and that its use can generate
 significant savings in hardware and software costs and reduce licensing
 costs and hardware refresh requirements; notes the significant financial and
 environmental benefit that could arise from a policy of adopting Open Source
 software, including the GNU/Linux operating system; notes the long-term
 dangers for organisations in becoming locked into proprietary systems;
 further believes that the principles of free software and concepts such as
 Copyleft can help to protect important rights and freedoms for people in an
 increasingly digital age, and urges the Scottish Executive to develop a
 strategy for promoting the adoption of free software and Open Source
 wherever workable throughout the public sector and to ensure that all
 software developed with public funds is copylefted. Supported by: Shiona
 Baird, Eleanor Scott, Mark Ballard, Chris Ballance, Mr Bruce McFee, Robin
 Harper, Stewart Stevenson, Mike Pringle, Donald Gorrie

Please help out by contacting your MSP and pointing out that this is a Good 

Willie Fleming
willie at glasgownet.com

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