Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on January 25, 2007 06:13 AM
I'd just like to make sure I got this straight. Brazil is implementing FOSS in a poor fashion because:
They don't care about the philosophy. They just want it for no cost. They want to steal the free software. They do poor project planning and roll-outs that are destined to fail. Proprietary software companies are telling Brazil to buy their software because its better. Corrupt groups are stealing the software and making a profit from it. This is all likely to make FOSS look bad in the eyes of the world.
I don't understand why anyone would be surprised. It sounds just like everywhere else to me. The same things are happening in the U.S.A. and Poland and Germany and everywhere else. Boo hoo.
What ever happened to the city of Munich? Oh yea, massive failure to live up to announced expectations.
Now I just wonder how long it will take the community to get past the fatalistic 'blame it on Microsoft and corruption' argument and start doing something about it. None of the problems listed in the article are Microsoft's doing, they are all failures on the part of FOSS and its advocates.
Kudos to Bruce for writing an article that is grounded in reality rather than the typical breathless and gushing stories of some insignificant prefecture's "adoption of Linux".