Subject: Re: NYT Times on Mainstream
From: Rich Morin <rdm@cfcl.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 16:54:50 -0700

Another benefit (albeit mixed) to government sanction of Open Source
is that we may start seeing more publicly-funded software actually
getting back to the public.  This could happen directly, as when a
government agancy adopts and then enhances an Open Source package.

It could also happen indirectly.  Although publicly-funded software
is supposed to be released into the public domain, many contractors
and agencies have used assorted tricks to keep that from being the
case.  If they try that today, the official sanction (and increased
visibility of Open Source) may allow interested parties to blow the
whistle and prevent proprietary takeovers...

-r
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