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 Delgarde on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 00:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Praxis"
Delgarde
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2008-08-19

And it begs the question... would they have to try every single vendor option before deciding on one of them? I mean, if there were five different offerings for whatever software package they were looking at, if they tried the first three and decided that the 3rd one had everything they needed, would they get sued for not trying the last two?


Almost certainly, since the last two might also provide everything they need, for half the price. In which case not only would the last two vendors have reasonable grounds to claim a biased process, but you'd end up with complaints over misuse of tax funding.

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RE[3]: Comment by Praxis
by Neolander on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 07:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Praxis"
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2010-03-08

And it begs the question... would they have to try every single vendor option before deciding on one of them? I mean, if there were five different offerings for whatever software package they were looking at, if they tried the first three and decided that the 3rd one had everything they needed, would they get sued for not trying the last two?

Almost certainly, since the last two might also provide everything they need, for half the price. In which case not only would the last two vendors have reasonable grounds to claim a biased process, but you'd end up with complaints over misuse of tax funding.

Exactly. When you're making government-wide contracts that involve 10.000 software licenses, you *really* have the time to test all of the five available before and consider the costs and the benefits very carefully, because involving that amount of people to use the same software for a long time should not be done lightly (and preferably not favor big monopolies either).

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RE[4]: Comment by Praxis
by JAlexoid on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 20:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Praxis"
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2009-05-19

and preferably not favor big monopolies either

Without any solid basis you mean, right? Because there are cases where getting a Mac or Windows systems will be a logically better solution...
(And I'm saying that as an MS hater...)

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