[Wolves] Online petition to use Linux

Adam Sweet drinky76 at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 19 13:58:24 GMT 2007

--- Alex Willmer <alex at moreati.org.uk> wrote:

> On Mon, 2007-02-19 at 11:13 +0000, Kevanf1 wrote:
> > There isn't much time left but maybe we can wake
> some people up if
> > enough sing this petition on HM Governments
> website?
> > 
> > http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Use-LINUX/
> > 
> Am I alone in disagreeing with this petition? It
> asks the PM
> (government) to "use the free operating system LINUX
> in all publicly
> funded offices, schools, etc".
> I don't believe the government should mandate a
> single platform for
> anything, Linux/Open Source/Free or otherwise.
> Instead we should succeed
> because we've demonstrated we're better.
> I would sign up to petition based on mandating open
> standards & public
> disclosure of all contracts/agreements signed by
> public bodies.

I decided not to sign it based on the fact that it
doesn't say anything useful about why they should use
Linux. I don't think the word 'better' quantifies
anything about why Linux shoudl be chosen over
alternatives and I suspect it will be dismissed as
containing an insubstantial, ill thought out argument.
I thought it was a slightly dunderheaded attempt.

I would sign a better, more explanatory effort which
details some real benefits of Linux over alternatives,
which actually makes a valid case that they can




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