As Independence Day draws to a close in the U.S., I happened upon a blog item by Douglas Karr with the headline “Is the next President of the United States running Linux?” Karr’s blog item, of course, outlines the major party candidates and what their campaigns are running, and the results were quite interesting.
For example, Democrats tend to be friendlier toward Free/Open Source Software (FOSS). Of all the Democratic candidates, Sen. Hillary Clinton does Windows — the only Democrat in the field of GNU/Linux and FreeBSD users. Here’s the rundown:
GNU/Linux: Joe Biden, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson, Wesley Clark, Al Gore.
FreeBSD: Christopher Dodd, Barack Obama.
Windows: Hillary Clinton (it bears repeating — would you vote for a woman who runs her server on Windows?)
The Republicans are not as friendly to FOSS, which comes as no surprise. The Grand Old Corporate Party lines up with Microsoft, with a few exceptions. Here’s how America’s right wing votes, server-wise:
GNU/Linux: Jim Gilmore, Rudy Giuliani, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney.
Windows: Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Tom Tancredo, Fred Thompson, Tommy Thompson, Chuck Hagel, Newt Gingrich.
I don’t know what the Green Party candidates for president are using. But if they were like me during my campaign for California Insurance Commissioner in 2006, they’ll be on GNU/Linux, especially if they’re using the servers at the Green Internet Society (a tip of the hat, not to mention eternal gratitude, goes to Cameron Spitzer, the ubergeek who runs GIS).
(Larry Cafiero, editor/publisher of Open Source Reporter, is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)