[ba-unrev-talk] California going open source?
Open-source software advocates will unfurl a legislative proposal next week
to prohibit the state of California from buying software from Microsoft or
any other company that doesn't open its source code and licensing policies.
Named the "Digital Software Security Act," the proposal essentially would
make California the "Live Free or Die" state when it comes to software. If
enacted as written, state agencies would be able to buy software only from
companies that do not place restrictions on use or access to source code.
The agencies would also be given the freedom to "make and distribute copies
of the software."
"The legislative intent is that for software to be acceptable to the state,
it is not enough that it is technically capable of fulfilling a task, but
that the contractual condition for purchase and/or licensing must satisfy a
series of requirements regarding the license," the proposal states. (02)