So to have a Microsoft PR guy [who was known to have shilled for MS] on the team is a little tricky here.
I am heavily for open source software. I’ve used Star Office and it’s a good program (though I do have MS Office myself). In fact, back in the day when I was an admin assistant, Star Office used to help me retrieve MS Office files which had corrupted due to the poor quality of Microsoft’s products (my files had a lot of photos in them, and MS couldn’t handle that for some reason and would sometimes crash). Star Office saved my bacon more than a few times.
I won’t jump to conclusions here, as I do know that Patrick is asking for people of all stripes to be on his teams – people who disagree with him or whose interests do compete. But, I believe that once all the facts are in, open source will be the way to go. With some of the others listed on the team, I expect open source software to get a good hearing. I hope that the new governor’s team will be fair, but this does bear close watching. Brian Burke is a known
shill lobbyist for Microsoft, one of the biggest bullies on the block, and I hope his arguments will be taken with a huge grain of salt.
[Update: My reader also sends me another link which has more information on each member of the team, from a poster on Slashdot. His conclusion? Same as mine…that this group should be watched for its final recommendations, but it could be a fair group. By the way, Charles SteelFisher was Patrick’s tech guy, and I think it’s fair to say (though I won’t put words in his mouth) that he “gets it” in regards to open source software.]