[PLUG] OpenOffice in Government

Kaustubh Gadkari kaustubh.gadkari at gmail.com
Sat Mar 10 12:32:36 IST 2007

> I think the major intension behind forming open source
> community should be to motivate open source concept in
> the weaker section of our society. Do not you think
> that? I strongly believe that open source communities
> have got lots of social responsibilities. And we must
> play major role to accomplish it.

I am not sure I completely agree with that statement. IMO, the intent
of free software communities should be to promote free software. And
that includes students and developers too. I certainly agree that free
software and free software communities can certainly be a catalyst in
the progress of the "weaker" sections of society, I maintain that
promotion of F/OSS in the "weaker" sections of society cannot be the
main/only focus of F/OSS communities.

> And by rule whenever something
> is available for free even government can not purchase
> the other. In such cases, why can not we force
> government to accept OpenOffice? Can we put the legal petition in the court of > law in the favor of OpenOffice?

The question is whether the government pays for MS Office at all.
Doesn't Microsoft have a system in place where they make their
software available to governments and schools for free? Also, I
believe that forcing the government to use OOo is against the spirit
of the F/OSS idealogy. If we assert our right to not have anyone tell
us what software to use and how to use it, IMO we cannot force anyone
to use a particular piece of software.  Also, to be purely practical,
do we have the resources to enter a legal fight with the government?

My Re. 0.02.


Kaustubh Gadkari
kaustubh.gadkari at gmail.com

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