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Oregon Open Source Discussion

Robert Scoble and Dan Shafer have a heated bar discussion on the Oregon law that seemingly tells Oregon public institutions to favor Open Source projects over proprietary software.
I agree that forcing that decision by law is a bad idea.
But I think they’re both missing the point, arguing about Microsoft’s multi million development costs: it’s not free versus commercial, it’s “pay for decent consulting and professional service to make it a perfect solution for you” against “take whatever we came up with and don’t bother us with questions”. That means knowing how to code is not enough to make money, you also need to know how to make it useful and working for other people. I like that concept a lot.
Another good start: Loving Software.

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