Subject: Re: Wal-mart drives software industry
From: Tom Lord <>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 01:31:35 -0800 (PST)

       as quoted by gumby

       This power of procurement facilitates the procurement of power. Suppose 
       Wal-Mart decided that it would be economically advantaged by abandoning 
       proprietary software formats in favor of “open source” to manage its 
       supplier interactions. 

So, how do we get key representatives of Walmart, Compaq, HP, IBM, Sun
-- heck even SGI, AOL, AT&T, Ericsson, GE, Sprint, Worldcom, et
al. into a common forum of discourse along with a broad representation
of open source and, more importantly, Free Software engineers?  We
could use some economists and legal experts too.  Someone want to
start a mailing list :-)?