ZDnet: Open standards push Mannheim to Linux

Michael Shigorin mike at osdn.org.ua
Thu Dec 1 01:39:53 GMT 2005

On Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 08:04:54PM -0500, Eric Dunbar wrote:
> Open Source in Government: Some governments have embraced the
> potential of open source, while others seem culturally opposed
> to the whole concept


> <http://insight.zdnet.co.uk/software/linuxunix/0,39020472,39235707-2,00.htm>
> It might be interesting to get the opinion of some Eastern Europeans
> on the following comments (see the Poland/Eastern Europe page):
> The situation regarding open source software is unclear in Eastern
> Europe, according to MERIT's Ghosh. He says that some Eastern European
> companies have already decided to go with Microsoft, such as
> Macedonia, which recently signed a contract with Microsoft for it to
> equip the entire public sector at a cost of $300 per seat.

Bribery, i'd say.  Plain ol' bribery, same sort that's used here
in Ukraine.  There was an article by Andrew Zinchenko on
newsforge a month or two ago on that matter.

> But Governor says many Eastern European countries are likely to
> opt for Microsoft as they "don't want to be seen as commies
> [sic]". "A lot of Eastern European countries look to UK and US
> for guidance," he says.

Being idiots, quite so.  Speaking regarding Mr. Youshchenko (whom
I've voted for), brain-free country heads tend to betray those
who helped them (a friend of mine was consulting top folks on IT
affairs when they were kind of pressed; still Mr. Gates'
friendship seems to have become more "interesting").

IFPI and friends are also making wide inroads here, thanks to
local bastards willing to help outside bastards to bastardize
everything -- just for them to get their couple of bucks and
duck with them.  So yes, UK mentioned quite for a reason too.

PS: sorry for being harsh but that's quite gentle actually...
modulo situation.

 ---- WBR, Michael Shigorin <mike at altlinux.ru>
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