Re: Representative Holt's OWN WORDS [Re: OVC-discuss Digest, Vol 36, Issue 9]

From: Barbara Simons <simons_at_acm_dot_org>
Date: Thu Nov 01 2007 - 15:45:15 CDT

Alan, I was not talking about technological competition. I was talking
about politics. Do you really think that you can beat Microsoft in a
political battle in Congress over secret software in voting machines?
Regards,
Barbara

Alan Dechert wrote:
> Sorry, Barbara, I can't let this pass without reprobating:
>
>
>> You will lose if you confront Microsoft head on
>> about secret software. ....
>>
>>
> It's a good thing that Brian Behlendorf -- who is on this list, btw --
> didn't think this. His Apache web server software has a sixty percent
> market share over MSFT's 30 percent or so.
>
> Sun is taking business from MSFT with OpenOffice. Red Hat is now a billion
> dollar company and growing very rapidly. Dell is now shipping PCs with
> Ubuntu installed on them. Microsoft's efforts to change NY state laws to
> suit them failed this year.
>
> The open source world is confronting Microsoft head on in many venues.
>
> Open source is the future in voting software. It's also the future of all
> software doing routine functions. There will be a place for proprietary
> software, but it will become more specialized. No way MSFT can keep the
> gravy train going forever.
>
> Alan D.
>
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