Getting into politics?
szilveszter.farkas at gmail.com
Sat Jan 17 23:08:05 GMT 2009
I'm looking for your advices regarding a pretty tough question: is it
okay for a LoCo to get into state politics?
Please let me introduce you the situation in Hungary. Last year the
government signed a 4-year, 25 + 10 billion HUF (more than 165M USD)
deal with Microsoft for licensing proprietary software covering the
government, all state offices, universities, schools, students and
teachers (yes, it covers almost the whole nation). This deal got some
attention by the international media, but only because of "the egging
of Steve Ballmer" at a Hungarian university: http://www.google.com/search?q=egg%20Ballmer
The deal was brought to justice by the Hungarian "Economy Competition
Office" because the exact wording of the tender (that was won by
Microsoft and its retailers) said: "Microsoft or equal software" - it
goes against any common sense (and I'm pretty sure even some laws) to
name a company in a tender by the government. But the court said it
Now, a few days ago another tender of the same value (25 billion HUF,
around 120M USD) was announced, and we were not surprised to see the
exact same wording like last year.
So a bunch of people and businesses, who are involved with FLOSS in
Hungary, plan to write an open letter to the prime minister
questioning him about the situation. Is it okay for a LoCo to sign a
letter like this? Or we should rather keep working, and avoid any
I really hope you could help us with some ideas about the situation...
We're a bit desperate, because we see other European governments
switching to FLOSS solutions, and ours locking itself into the
proprietary world even more.
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