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[Fwd: Re: [Fsfe-uk] portugal and free software]

From: Graham Seaman
Subject: [Fwd: Re: [Fsfe-uk] portugal and free software]
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 14:16:50 +0100
User-agent: Mozilla Thunderbird 0.8 (X11/20040918)

Doh. Keep forgetting this list doesn't default to 'reply to list'. This reply wasn't intended to be personal, so forwarding it to list...


--- Begin Message --- Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] portugal and free software Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 13:45:42 +0100 User-agent: Mozilla Thunderbird 0.8 (X11/20040918)
Hi Alex

Alex Hudson wrote:


On Tue, 2004-09-28 at 23:52 +0100, Graham Seaman wrote:
*Hi all,

(what are all the asterisks about? :)
Dunno- I cut and pasted html (the translated text is on my open.egov site) into thunderbird, told it to send as plain text, and it splattered asterisks everywhere... It was actually from windows, which I don't know my way round on very well, so I may have some settings wrong

The Portuguese Parliament just passed this (it's advisory to the
government, not law) - it was proposed by the Communist Party but got
support from all parties, including Socialists and both Conservative

It looks very good.

In some ways it looks way better than what's happening here, in others they are a bit behind - for example, the pilot projects at council level kind of map to APLAWs and related things here. What we should be pressing for now is not setting up the pilots, but for the outcomes to be opensourced. For example, the protocols the pilots developed for data exchange are as far as I know not released publicly, so the little clutch of proprietary firms that know about them get to keep their monopoly. But then I'm not in that process and may be talking rubbish - this is mostly

Would you be able to compare their process to our
Parliament somehow? For example, is the passing of this motion like the
conclusion of a debate? It's something we should consider trying to
press over here in many ways, I think.

No, I don't know how the process works. I can give you more links (discussion on the Communist party's forums, discussion on the ANSOL (== AFFS in Portugal) list, supporting speeches by various MPs etc, if anyone wants, but they're all in Portuguese. And that was quite enough translating
for one week already.




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