[Novalug] draft email to the chairman of an electronic commerce policy committee
beartooth at Beartooth.Info
Tue Nov 10 11:08:53 EST 2009
On Mon, 9 Nov 2009, Nino Pereira wrote:
> in dealing with the US Government I regularly run into problems
> with MicroSoft only websites. [....] This is wrong: the
> Government should not favor one Company over another.
> Just this year Grants.gov started to accept the OS used by the
> Apple and/or the Mac. But, even though their newest versions
> are based on linux, Grants.gov does not yet seem to be able to
> work with linux itself. I now find myself forced to get another
> computer, either an apple or one with Windows. This is wrong.
> It seems to be a Government-wide problem. Worse than Grants.gov
> is the Wide Area Work Flow site (eb.wafw.mil) through which all
> invoices are submitted.
Did I just dream it, or did we actually get a law (or a
regulation) a year or three ago saying all gummint sites had to
If so, you might want to add in a citation, and ask this
recalcitrant Chair to please abide by the law of the land.
(Such violations are common. Virginia passed a law years
ago forbidding localities to have gun laws, and voiding them all
-- and the VCDL is *still* forever having to tell/remind one town
after another of that fact.)
Beartooth Staffwright, Erstwhile Historian of Tongues
Sclerotic Squirreler, Double Retiree, Linux Evangelist
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