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The long road of Open Source Software in Quebec, and the path beyond.

Intervenant(s) : Daniel Pascot
Langue : Français Niveau : N/A Type d'événement : Conférence
Date : Jeudi 8 juillet 2010 Horaire : 11h00 Durée : 40 minutes
Lieu : ENSEIRB - Grand Amphi

Summary

The title resumes the one used in a blog and in an article by Cyrille Béraud who deploys information systems based on open source software in firms in Quebec with the company he created, the Savoir-Faire Linux. Facing the government closure which routinely uses an exceptional procedure to renew contracts with suppliers in a monopoly like Microsoft in fact, he filed a complaint in early 2008 in the Superior Court of Quebec. The well-argued decision was made June 3, 2010 that he was right. Facil has also filed a motion that was rejected. We present these requests and explore their consequences on the behavior of the Quebec government.

Presentation

The title resumes the one used in a blog and in an article by Cyrille Béraud who since a decade has been deploying information systems based on open source software in firms in Quebec with the company he created, the Savoir-Faire Linux. Indeed, if he managed to convince private companies, he systematically encountered blocking in all major government projects : the door was closed, there was not even tender, the government has been using an exceptional procedure to renew contracts with suppliers in a monopoly of fact as Microsfot. Faced with this situation, Savoir Faire Linux, then in a complementary act, Facil (Association pour l’appropriation collective de l’informatique libre -Association for the collective appropriation of Free Software), filed in early 2008 a request to the Superior Court of Quebec. After some twists and turns purely procedural, the trial Savoir-faire Linux against Quebec Pension Board ( Régie des rentes du Québec) was finally held in March 2010. The decision was made June 3, 2010 in which the judge gave reason to Savoir-Faire Linux. As for the pursuit of Facil, it was dismissed after giving rise to legal twists almost ludicrous.

This presentation will give an update on the legal charges and results (analysis of Judgment is very interesting), but also to explore how the concept of common good which is rooted in the free software can be an antidote to the phenomenon of greedy predation, increasingly criticized by credible economists and quality surveys in different areas of finance, military, pharmaceutical … and of course on the software, which since the early 80s has been imposed on the world of politics and business.

Speaker :

  • Daniel Pascot

Professor, Head of the Department SIO, Faculty of Business Administration, Université Laval à Québec

President of Facil

Documents joints

Slides
Slides (PDF - 494.1 ko)
Annex
Annex (PDF - 2.7 Mo)