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  •  That's the MS SQL liscense fee (1+ / 0-)
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    Even if there is a free version you can't run it on a linux box and that's all I have.  I actually tried to check but the Microsoft site just looked at my browser (Konqueror) and laughed.  It seems like if they were interested in selling any of their products to people using competing technology they would at least make it so that you could see the price lists.

    My point is that people have to pay software license fees to do work with the database offline offline, even if it's just for a copy of windows.  That disenfranchises mac and linux users, as well as windows users with OS versions too old to run the required version of SQL server or with machines too slow to make it practical.

    Few universities use MS SQL, and I'm willing to bet poli-sci departments and the like would like to play with this, as well as people like CASOS at CMU.  

    http://www.casos.cs.cmu.edu/

    I'd like to do what I can to get any data that might be trapped in Microsoft files into an open source database file to be put up for distribution under some kind of creative content license.  That would legally ensure that contributions of all volunteers thus far are recognized and respected in perpetuity and would provide the maximum distribution and use potential for the data.  

    It's public domain government data to begin with.   I'm really concerned that licensing issues have not been brought up thus far.  Free software and open content advocacy are social justice issues, ones progressives need to be more attuned to as technology plays a greater and greater role in our day to day lives.  Yes, free software is ethical software. Where free options are available, progressives should seriously consider using them over non-free alternatives even if there is inconvenience to individual developers involved.  

    Since my main interest is not developing a web application,  but seeing the data prepared for free distribution as a database file, the current direction of this project seems to be going in a different direction, perhaps there is room to make two projects starting from the same base?  You offered CSV files?  I'm not much of a coder but if everything is going to be MS SQL I'd like to at least take a crack at it.

    Is there a wiki or anything where the planning for this is going on?

    Can you email me?  It's my profile.

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    by VelvetElvis on Tue May 22, 2007 at 01:03:42 AM PDT

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      I'd like to do what I can to get any data that might be trapped in Microsoft files into an open source database file to be put up for distribution under some kind of creative content license.  That would legally ensure that

      creative commons

      This post brought to you by George Soros and the vast left wing conspiracy

      by VelvetElvis on Tue May 22, 2007 at 01:08:56 AM PDT

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