“By signing the Ministerial Declaration on eGovernment, the ministers agree that using open source solutions and open standards helps to avoid IT vendor lock-in. They call on public services to make their ICT solutions publicly available, and to encourage the private sector and civil society to reuse the software.
In addition, the ministers call on the Commission “to consider strengthening the requirements for use of open source solutions and standards when (re)building of ICT systems and solutions takes place with EU funding – including by an appropriate open licence policy – by 2020.””
See ‘Tallinn declaration’ commits EU to increase use of open sourceLittle by little the EU is working towards removing all barriers to adoption of Free/Libre Open Source Software. It works for people. It works for governments. It doesn’t enslave organizations to mindlessly plod on treadmills such as those of M$ and Oracle, continually cranking out revenue and entanglements to the benefit of a mindless corporation.
The reason I switched to FLOSS was to have software that worked. The reason I stayed with FLOSS was that I enjoyed the freedoms to run, examine, modify and distribute the code for my benefit and the benefit of those for whom I provided IT-services. The EU and other governments should do the same. FLOSS is the right way to do IT.