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Daily link November 10th, 2007

Are you Canadian? Do you want to help?

In January this guy from the BDC, Sylvain Savaria rejected our request for non-reimbursable assistance for our projects.

He informed me that the BDC would not invest in businesses based on Linux or Open Source platforms despite that being the platform used for 75% of all web technologies and enterprise server deployments. He is not “with it” at all. He seemed lost and confused as a matter of fact.

Je tiens à vous remercier pour la discussion de ce matin et d’avoir échangé ouvertement sur le secteur Linux. Comme nous avons convenu que votre opportunité était malheureusement en conflit potentiel avec un autre de nos investissements dans le secteur nous n’irons pas plus loin dans l’analyse de votre dossier du côté d’une prise de participation au capital de votre entreprise. - Sylvain Savaria

Our project for Dark Energy TM(USPTO registered) for a new 100% (Open)GLX vector based drawing Linux widget toolkit, which is still under development soon to be released was in fact not in conflict with the other companies BDC was funding. This was just a text reply. When I called him I got the whole 9 yards on the “no Linux” rabble. Google is based on Linux, and so are 75% of top websites. He didn’t seem to know or care. I didn’t even bother to submit a plan for the search engine because he was being so unreasonable.

All machines run on a stripped-down Linux kernel. The distribution is Red Hat, but Hoelzle said Google doesn’t use much of the distro. Moreover, Google has created its own patches for things that haven’t been fixed in the original kernel.

And mind you I am cleaning up what he actually cited to me for the viewing public a lot. I got an even worse response from the minister of public works responsible for the Federal govt buying technology.

If you work at govt of Canada or you are Canadian and you want to see your tax money fund something cool and not stuff like SOCAN funding Celine Dion to the tune of millions of your dollars and garbage like that, please write to Ottawa and let them know. No, you don’t have to write a letter, you can email them or call them. BDC is our tax money and it’s supposed to fund our projects, not those of wealthy industrialists. Please help change this so that we can all benefit from our tax money, instead of a select few and their good friends.

If you happen to do deal with them, this is about what you can expect; pretty out of touch. I feel this picture sums it up well:

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