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HB2892 [Apr. 24th, 2003|08:56 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Oregon's HB 2892 "Open Source Consideration Bill" is currently being debated.


I wrote my representative voicing support for it the other week:
From: Brad Fitzpatrick [mailto:brad@danga.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2003 2:25 PM
To: SEN Starr B
Subject: Internet email for Legislative Member, TO: Bruce Starr

Dear Senator Bruce Starr,

I'd like to voice my support for House Bill 2892 and the quality of Open
Source software.

I run my Oregon-based company (Danga Interactive) entirely on Open
Source products.

If the availability of technical support for such products is a
perceived issue, let me reassure you that we've had no problem finding
vendor support when needed. Further, the quality of both the products
and support have clearly surpassed the quality of commercial
alternatives I've dealt with in the past at other jobs.

Even without Oregon's financial problems, I'd still recommend Open
Source for quality and peace-of-mind alone. Open Source is the path to
avoiding vendor & data format lock-in.

Thanks for your time,

Brad Fitzpatrick
xxxx xx xxnd Ave
xxxxxx, Oregon 9xxxx
And got a reply: (who cares if it's a form letter...)
Dear Brad:

Thank you for your recent email letter. I appreciate hearing
your opinion and information concerning HB 2892 and I will put your
letter in the bill file for reference when the bill comes up for a vote.
Again, thanks for writing.


Bruce Starr
State Senate
District 15
If you're from Oregon and use Open Source software, please--- write your representative.

Microsoft is lobbying like crazy trying to get this killed. Make your voice heard. Don't just sit back and assume others will.

From: fullerton
2003-04-24 09:39 pm (UTC)
Just sent off the message.

Strange this is all so perfectly timed. I've just recently become infatuated with the idea of open source. (I'm trying to install Linux...but I'm not very computer savvy and I'm having problems) Unfortunaetly I'm almost certain that the bill will get axed because of the Microsoft lobby...in fact I read somehwere (Willamette Week I think) that it didn't stand a chance.

It makes sense though. It seems that the government should use products that are "of the people" over those of large corporations. If this does get defeated I think it sets a crappy precedent.

I'm not one of those corporate haters either...but for government it just seems to make sense.
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[User Picture]From: themabbi
2003-04-24 10:40 pm (UTC)
The biggest thing standing in the way of the bill right now is the Speaker of the House, Karen Minnis. She has to give the go ahead for the bill to get a work session, and that needs to happen before the General Gov. committee can send it to the floor. Since this has gotten so much press she won't kill the bill outright, but she can keep it where it is indefinately.

Couldn't hurt for everyone to give Karen a little jingle as well as their representative :)

Speaker Minnis
900 Court St. NE
Room 269
Salem, OR 97301
Phn: 503-986-1200
Fax: 503- 986-1201
Email Speaker: rep.karenminnis@state.or.us

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[User Picture]From: practicalfool
2003-04-24 11:38 pm (UTC)
Thats awesome, Brad. I wish there was something like that going on in Florida.


I'm aware this has nothing to do with your post, so my apoligies...

I was listening to the radio tonight, and they played a new band called SouthFM. They're single
is called, "Dear Claudia". They're getting pretty big, and the song is playing everywhere all the time!

Well, when they played it tonight the DJ got on and started talking about the band. It seems that in the
press release along with the single, they say the wrote "Dear Claudia" while browsing Livejournal.com! ha!

Being the dork that I am, I got excited and thought you should know that! :)

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