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Re: [vox] City of LA ponders going open source?!

Michael posted from an address that's not subscribed to vox...

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Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2005 23:09:45 +0000
From: Michael Long <df92a5@mikesoffice.org>
Subject: Re: [vox] City of LA ponders going open source?!
To: LUGOD's general discussion mailing list <vox@lists.lugod.org>

No offense but aren't these the same people who passed a law requiring
that any companies doing business with the city disclose profits they
may have made from slavery in the 19th Century, and requested computer
manufactures to stop using the terms "master"/"slave" on their computer
equipment. :)


While I agree using opensource software is "a good idea" i have a
feeling these people are more buzzword idiots and have no idea what they
are talking about.


On Wed, Feb 02, 2005 at 02:31:43PM -0800, Nicole Carlson wrote:
> Hello Davis-ites; time for another dispatch from the Land Of Smog
> Seen on blogging.la:
> ---
> LA should go Open Source
> In a totally bad ass move Councilmembers Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel and 
> Jack Weiss introduced a motion today to divert millions of dollars spent 
> on potentially unnecessary software expenditures into a fund dedicated 
> to the long-sought-after expansion of Los Angeles' police force. Anyone 
> with half a brain knows this is a good idea, unfortunatly it's been a 
> long time since anyone with half a brain was making those decisions. 
> From the press release that just showed up in my inbox:
>     "For taxpayers, this is a no-brainer," said Councilmember Eric 
> Garcetti, member of the Information Technology and General Services 
> committee. "By engaging this online community, we can make our own 
> communities safer. Free open source software can be as capable and more 
> secure than products that cost the city millions."
>     "By rethinking the way we do business and taking advantage of new 
> technologies, City Hall can save money * money that should be going to 
> pay for ambulance service and police officers," said Wendy Greuel, Chair 
> of the Audits and Governmental Efficiency committee.
>     "Open source software offers an interesting opportunity to save 
> public money," said Councilmember Jack Weiss, chair of the Information 
> Technology and General Services committee. "The City should explore open 
> source software and all other potential savings that could provide funds 
> for additional police officers."
> I'm too psyched to type anymore at the moment, here's the official docs: 
> Motion (9K PDF) | Press Release (28K PDF)
> ---
> Those are at http://blogging.la/archives/Open%20Source%20Motion.pdf and 
> http://blogging.la/archives/newsOpenSource.pdf, respectively.
> Off to write a letter in support of this...
> --nicole twn
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