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November 07, 2009


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The U.S. Defence Dept. has actually come out and said that open source software is in fact safer than commercial software. See here: http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20091105_5058.php?oref=rss

Kathryn Greenhill

Thanks for taking the time Mark. I think you have a unique perspective and can make some experiential claims at least as valid as unsupported and unsubstantiated claims in Stephen's document.


This is a great rebuttal, Mark. I very much appreciate the time it must have taken to develop this thoughtful response to Stephen's (in many cases completely fictional) points.


Great job! Having looked over the SA document, all I see is a bunch of unsubstantiated and FUDy propaganda; it is difficult to imagine anyone would take it seriously. I am glad you did, anyway....:-)

Brenda Chawner

Very nice, Mark. I'm glad you took the time to write such a thoughtful rebuttal, and since it's based on your recent experience implementing Evergreen, you are speaking from an informed position.

Cynthia Williamson

Mark - Thank you for this thoughtful rebuttal to SA's "position paper". You are bang on and if someone made me queen for the day, I'd declare your post the last word on the subject. In my combing of the commentary out there, I read a question wondering if there would be as much outrage if an open source "vendor" put out an anti-proprietary software "postion paper". Well, I'm pretty confident no one in the open source community feels the need so we'll never know the answer to that question. There is only one reason SA is attempting to spread such FUD, SD feels threatened. My outrage at SA's silly document was much mitigated by my joy in the fact that he felt the need to write it!!

Lynne f. Murphy

well said Mark. Hopefully those of us still in our black boxes will continue to outgrow them and rise phoenix like into the Open"


Excellent rebuttal, Mark. I particularly liked:

"This messy, difficult thing is called innovation, and while it can cause angst for those who prefer stable dysfunctionality, it does make the Library ecosystem a richer and more diverse place."

Is it a coincidence that "stable dysfunctionality" has such an... evocative acronym? ;-)


"weaselly language" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weasel_word)
S.A. would know, SIRSI is the king of using Weasel-speak. Our attorney couldn't understand SIRSI's weaselly language in their contract, and attorneys are PROS at reading weasel words.


lol amanda. VP of Weasel-ese.

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