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McNealy: Some In Fed See OSS As Anti-Capitalist

CWmike (1292728) writes | more than 5 years ago

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CWmike writes "Sun Microsystems Chairman Scott McNealy wants the Obama administration to do what the U.K., Denmark and other countries have done: encourage open-source software adoption. Although open-source platforms are widely used today in the government, McNealy believes many officials don't understand it, fear it and even oppose it for ideological reasons. He cited an open-source development project that Sun worked on with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, during which a federal official said "that open source was anti-capitalist." That sentiment, McNealy fears, is not unusual or isolated. 'If you think about it, proprietary software is the software equivalent of a planned economy led by a dictators, whereas open source is all about choice, the market economy and multiple competitive players,' said McNealy."
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