The attitude of American regulators toward the Internet today is charitably described as proprietary.
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Where does this leave the Linux Mark Institute, which was set up to defend the trademark? Nowhere, down under.
There is, of course, a kind of hidden agenda here, namely a Microsoft plug-in for Visual Studio dubbed Grasshopper which they figure will be in the hands of the winners before the race starts.
Should the election software be open source or closed source? How open should it be? Should we be able to see it? Wouldn't that give hackers an easy way to control the election process? Or does our present use of closed source means they already have that?
Regardless of whether your process is proprietary or open source, you still need a process to collect bug reports, test patches, and expedite them to users. That process is always a bottleneck.
Hosted application services on an enterprise level has long been a dream of the software industry, something Salesforce is making a reality. But is any of this open source?
Oracle has spent billions consolidating its space, not just the big database software area but the application space.
Rooting for Novell to gain against Microsoft is a little like rooting for the New York Mets to beat the Atlanta Braves. (Or the Braves to beat the Yankees.)
People on both sides need this precedent for guidance.
Obviously most of us are Gray Hats, but as Christopher Lowell will tell you there are many shades of gray out there.