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GNU, GPL, Open Source "One member of the European Parliament and a handful of their advisors and assistants started a free software group last Saturday, aiming to increase the use of Free and open source software in the European Parliament's IT infrastructure. The user group is open to all who work in the European Parliament, including staff and assistants working in political groups."
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RE[3]: EU giving in to MS
by manjabes on Tue 8th Feb 2011 06:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: EU giving in to MS"
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Anyone at all should be able to implement a specification free of royalty charges or threats of lawsuit ... that is what is meant by "open specification".

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No, that's what YOU mean by "open specification". Others might just mean something like "a published specification that I may obtain (either by buying or downloading for free) and implement" (versus "a specification only known inside [microsoft|apple|google|etc] that I have to reverse-engineer to be compatible with") without any implied additions like the "royalty-free" that you seem to be implying.

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