Sunday, October 02, 2005

Open Source

Regarding open source: I am articulately baffled by the fact that government in developing and developed countries are not making it a law to use open source and at least open platform software.

Here's why: storing documents in proprietary file format is a ridiculous idea to begin with as file formats have changed so many times in the past 50 years, what's the guarantee that doc or excel would be the standard file format 20 years from now; Microsoft itself makes previous file formats incompatible with recent ones; open source is cheap; it allows the government and even students to see the code; for government, they could check for security, back doors, and customize it; for students, looking and ability to hack the code is probably the best way to learn hard core programming.

So, the question is: are governments worldwide so naive that they can't see the obvious advantages here?


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