Gray Flannel Dwarf


Congressional and Senatorial letter

I’ve written lots of letters in my day, but this one takes the cake so far. Coming out to five pages printed, including attachments, it’s a bit long, but considering the missive sent by SCO to Capitol Hill numbers about nine, I don’t think this is too awful bad. I really couldn’t condense it much more.

22 January 2004

The Honorable Senator George Allen
204 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Senator John Warner
225 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Representative Frank Wolf
241 Cannon Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Sirs,

In recent weeks you may have received, or may soon receive, a letter from a Mr. Darl McBride, President and CEO of “The SCO Group”, a software company based out of Lindon, Utah. This letter, dated 8 January 2004 and sent to many at Capitol Hill, attempts to draw attention to the so-called dangers of “open-source software” and, more specifically, the licensing entity known as the General Public License (henceforth, the “GPL”).

Should you not have received a copy of this letter, it can be found on the website of the Open Source and Industry Alliance (“OSAIA”), via the following URL:
Before going any further, however, I ask that you first consider this quote from Frederic Bastiat’s 1845 piece, “A Petition”, which was a biting jab at the then-notoriously protectionist French State:

“We are suffering from the ruinous competition of a rival who apparently works under conditions so far superior to our own for the production of light that he is flooding the domestic market with it at an incredibly low price; for the moment he appears, our sales cease, all the consumers turn to him, and a branch of French industry whose ramifications are innumerable is all at once reduced to complete stagnation. This rival, which is none other than the sun, is waging war on us so mercilessly we suspect he is being stirred up against us by perfidious Albion…”

I feel you will soon find the above quote relevant to the issue at hand.

cswiii @ 12:05 pm