|FROM ||Dave Williams
|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] Re: Issues
I agree with the lack of reality in the quote. But from a political
point of view the success of a lawsuit isn't as important as filing it.
Consider that if a bureaucrat manages to blame someone else for a
problem they are covering their ass. Even if they are wrong or if no
one takes responsibility. I guess the point was that a school system
wants to say "It's so-and-so's fault!" even if nothing comes of it.
There may be no successful lawsuits, but the ability to successfully
blame another party seems to be important. How to counteract that
On Thu, 2003-04-24 at 17:20, Marco Scoffier wrote:
> I'll just respond to this one right now b/c it is easy.
> On Thu, Apr 24, 2003 at 05:03:53PM -0400, Dave Williams wrote:
> > "The problem with OSS as far as government/schools are concerned is
> > that when you have a company that makes the software, hardware,
> > buildings, etc., you have somebody a) at the other end of the phone
> > line and b) someone to sue. If you don't think that is important,
> > you're mistaken. Governments and schools do not want to be
> > accountable. These people want to be able to blame someone for
> > something. They don't want the responsibility. With OSS, even say Red
> > Hat or SuSE, are you gonna sue them or call them when something goes
> > wrong? Yes, I know you get support contracts. But it ain't the same.
> How many successful lawsuits has there ever been against any
> proprietary software vendor, for loss of productivity/time or data, due
> to bugs or viruses ??
> Accountable, blame and responcibility. These are the main issues in
> this point. There is no way anyone can say a proprietary solution adds
> any benefits the buyer in any of these points.
> Why would you care if you have someone to blame if that someone doesn't
> take responicibility/accountability?
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