Massachusetts to adopt strategy to move from Windows to ‘open standards’ systems

“Massachusetts, the lone holdout state still suing Microsoft Corp. for antitrust violations, will become the first state to adopt a broad-based strategy of moving its computer systems toward open standards, including Linux, the rival operating system to Microsoft’s Windows,” Justin Pope reports for The Associated Press.

Hey, Justin, Linux is “a,” not “the,” rival operating system to Windows. Sheesh. No respect.

“Kriss said the state’s decision was driven by a desire to reduce licensing fees but also ‘by a philosophy that what the state has is a public good and should be open to all,’ Kriss told The Associated Press. He characterized the decision as the ‘most visible concrete action by a state government’ to move toward open standards. A Microsoft spokesman had no immediate comment,” Pope reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Jobs should hop aboard the Gulfstream, forget about partisan politics during the filght, and take Massachusetts’ Republican Governor Mitt Romney out to lunch ASAP.

19 Comments

  1. Okay. Then go straight to Maine after lunch with the Mass. Governor and build upon the statewide iBook in schools program to move the gov’t to Mac OS X as well. 2 down, 48 to go!

  2. “Hey, Justin, Linux is “a,” not “the,” rival operating system to Windows.”

    Actually Linux is NOT an operating system at all. It is a kernel, nothing more.

  3. Actually Linux is NOT an operating system at all. It is a kernel, nothing more

    Actually “Linux” is often used as a pars-pro-toto metaphore to refer to an operating system.

  4. At least we know there is nothing MS can do win over this state like they tried to do with Munich. They are totally against them and its good to see this in the US, not everybody is blind and ignorant. Somebody is willing to take a stand where few others will.

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