State Services Commission Requires Open Source

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, May 10, 2010.

  1. 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>
     
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, May 10, 2010
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  2. Lawrence D'Oliveiro

    Sweetpea Guest

    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.


    --
    "Filtering the Internet is like trying to boil the ocean"
     
    Sweetpea, May 11, 2010
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    peterwn Guest

    On May 11, 6:38 pm, Sweetpea <> 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.
     
    peterwn, May 13, 2010
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