My uncle just sent me a letter my father him wrote over sixty years ago. I had no idea the letter existed until I got it. Reading through it has got me to thinking about how we can preserve documents for the long term.
The article on Open Format has a link to the Massachusetts Information Technology Division.
I followed that and saw mention of something call Open Initiatives.
I followed that and saw mention of Open Source Legal Toolkit.
I opened that page and saw there is a document Legal and Other Issues in Open Source Licensing.
Given my interest in open-source licensing issues I decided to take a look at that document. I tried to open it only to learn is a PowerPoint document.
The State of Massachusetts has produced a document about Open-Source that requires I buy a copy of PowerPoint to read it. Adding insult to injury, I see there is also a Quick References for Open Source Licenses in the form of an Excel spreadsheet.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Can someone in the Massachusetts government please explain why I have to pay money to buy software just so I can read what is presumably a public document?
I can’t, but I will be writing more on this topic in future posts.
Don’t worry. I will use HTML to write them and they will be freely available here at wordpress.com. You won’t have to buy any software to read them.