The Reg on The MA Software Proposal

The Register takes the Business Software Alliance to task on its recent critique of the reports floating around that the state of Massachusetts is thinking about mandating open standards in its next set of software purchases: BSA imagines open source policy, attacks mass.gov

CNet’s writeup seems to fall into the BSA’s rhetorical trap: Proprietary software–banned in Boston? After all, how exactly does this quote threaten proprietary software?

“We’re going to be evaluating all projects to ensure conformance to open standards as we move forward and to retroactively move legacy systems to open standards,” Kriss said. “We want to make sure what we build is interoperable and interchangeable, so that different applications can use the same data, so we won’t have to be constantly reinventing and rethinking basic functionality.”