Should governmnet software be Open Source?

Mark Wells mark at
Thu Mar 9 01:38:51 UTC 2000

On Wed, 8 Mar 2000, Seth David Schoen wrote:

> This is a difficult argument; after all, paying taxes does not allow you
> to attend a public university without being admitted, nor to enter
> government buildings and offices or military bases.

I think the difference here is precisely that software isn't scarce.  I
don't _own_ the post office even though my taxes paid for it, because
everyone's taxes paid for it and we can't all own it.  We _can_ all own
a piece of software.

That's why I think keeping it in public domain is sensible.

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