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Lawrence D'Oliveiro
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      05-10-2010
The State Services Commission has put out a series of requirements for
redeveloping its website, one of which is that an open-source CMS be used.
The SSC argues that this is perfectly compliant with rules that require it
not to discriminate for or against particular vendors.

<http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/ssc-backs-exclusively-open-source-spec>
 
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Sweetpea
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      05-11-2010
On Tue, 11 May 2010 10:18:01 +1200, Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:

> The State Services Commission has put out a series of requirements for
> redeveloping its website, one of which is that an open-source CMS be
> used. The SSC argues that this is perfectly compliant with rules that
> require it not to discriminate for or against particular vendors.
>
> <http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/ssc-backs-exclusively-open-source-spec>


Indeed that is the case because *anyone* can download, modify in any way they wish, distribute their
modifications, and install any GPL'd open-source CMS anywhere, any number of times and for any
purpose.


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peterwn
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      05-13-2010
On May 11, 6:38*pm, Sweetpea <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> On Tue, 11 May 2010 10:18:01 +1200, Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
> > The State Services Commission has put out a series of requirements for
> > redeveloping its website, one of which is that an open-source CMS be
> > used. The SSC argues that this is perfectly compliant with rules that
> > require it not to discriminate for or against particular vendors.

>
> > <http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/ssc-backs-exclusively-open-s....>

>
> Indeed that is the case because *anyone* can download, modify in any way they wish, distribute their
> modifications, and install any GPL'd open-source CMS anywhere, any number of times and for any
> purpose.
>


An example of what the SSC is trying to avoid.

A locksmith in Illinois, USA put low ball prices in for locks for new
government buildings offering locks using a particular key
configuration licenced from the manufacturer. That locksmith was the
only one who could supply extra keys or extra locks on existing
masterkeys. It made a killing on this which more than made up for the
low profit on the initial locks.

In this SSC contract, tenderers will not be so tempted to offer an
initial low ball price in anticipation of cleaning up on 'extras' or
after sales service.

In a USA context there would be no end of political lobbying going on
to persuade politicians to take control of these procurement processes
which of course leads to corruption.
 
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