Canada: Land of maple syrup, Celine Dion, and open source

Canada's Green Party wants everyone to use open source, but has it got its politics wrong?

I laughed when I read on Savio Rodrigues' blog that Canada's Green Party has added open source to its official platform. Save the environment! (And save me a little open source while you're at it.)

Canada's Green Party, which has apparently struggled to be taken seriously as a major political force in Canada, has some serious aims for open source:

  • Ensure that all new software developed for or by government is based on open standards and encourage and support a nationwide transition to FLOSS [Free/Libre/Open-source software] in all critical government IT systems. This will make Canada's IT infrastructure more secure and robust, lower administration and licensing costs and develop IT skills.
  • Support the transition to FLOSS throughout the educational system.

Personally, I find it a bit ironic to see open source on a liberal party's platform. Conservative politics tends to be about smaller, local government solutions, even Libertarian in nature. Open source is the same, favoring tight customization/systems integrator or customer-tailored solutions. Liberal politics? Big government solutions strike me as akin to proprietary software.

Maybe I should call the Green Party in Canada. Perhaps it can start fighting for Microsoft's rights, instead. :-)

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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