Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Nov 2010 23:36 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Google That is without a single shred of doubt the most awesome headline I ever got to put on OSNews. This headline is so awesome I don't even need to write anything else, because it would just detract from the awesomeness. Cue Johnny Guitar, with a lone wanderer riding his horse towards a Mojave sunset, after just having... Wait, where were we? Right. Yes, Google has sued the US Department of the Interior because its Request for Quotation regarding a messaging solution demanded the use of Microsoft software.
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RE[2]: Comment by Praxis
by mabhatter on Sat 6th Nov 2010 05:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Praxis"
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the point is that they essentially specified "implementers" of the Microsoft solution... they were bidding for implementations, not the actual software. This is how they get their toe-hold. At some point the government will want it's big contractors involved.. and there will be no "open" implementation because that would be "unfair" to Microsoft's "property" rights.

After that Microsoft will "alter the deal..." the goal is not to hold up the government, but all the people that have to CONNECT to the government with the mandated software.

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