Subject: Re: In defense of the market
From: Bernard Lang <Bernard.Lang@inria.fr>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 10:02:32 +0200

On Tue, May 16, 2000 at 10:28:22AM +0900, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> >>>>> "Bernard" == Bernard Lang <Bernard.Lang@inria.fr> writes:
> 
>     >> o the French government proposal to purchase only
>     >> source-available software (decidedly NOT the same as Open
>     >> Source, since they accept source escrow of proprietary
>     >> software),
> 
>     Bernard> of course, and that is intentional... Open source should
>     Bernard> prevail by its qualities, not by a legal decision.
> 
> OTOH, the state, as representative of society, may have an interest in
> _investing_ in open source software, which after all is (by
> definition) a public asset.  This may be a very cheap and effective
> way of creating public goods.  ARPAnet, anyone?  Cheap at how many
> hundred times the price?  :-)
> 
>     Bernard>   IMHO it does strike a proper balance.
> 
> Which is not to dispute your opinion, just to point out there may be
> arguments for going farther.  (I note that the French government is a
> leading proponent of "national champion" firms, and may therefore
> consider that "public assets" embodied in a national champion may be
> more valuable than "public assets" that are "too public.")

no ... the issue was only to maintain the competition open between all
sources. Your view, to my knowledge, was not considered by anyone.

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