Europe Gets FLOSS

“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 source
Little 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.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

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7 Responses to Europe Gets FLOSS

  1. oiaohm says:

    The Office 365 drop starting in 2015 aligns with different groups like the UK government starting to take up Libreoffice.

    Deaf Spy you also need to think from a business point of view. Yes AWS and Google were both at Microsoft Database conference because they provide Microsoft SQL server to customers.

    AWS was promoting its Relational Database Service (RDS), which offers Microsoft’s SQL Server relational database management system as one of its available engines, along with Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, and its own Amazon Aurora technology.
    In you link Deafspy they state what AWS who was a major sponsor was pushing. So at a Microsoft Database event they are selling the Microsoft product and the competition.

    SQL server and Windows Server might be nothing more than a Marketing expense to AWS. Kinda makes sense when 95 percent of AWS is Linux servers and they have not rolled out SQL Server for Linux yet.

  2. Deaf Spy wrote, “That is why Office 365 grows even in China. “

    New consumer subscriptions peaked in 2015. M$ can fool some of the people all of the time.

  3. “AWS was promoting its its Relational Database Service (RDS), which offers Microsoft’s SQL Server relational database management system as one of its available engines, along with Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, and its own Amazon Aurora technology.”

  4. Deaf Spy says:

    Further, both Amazon and Google are providing or about to provide cloud services based on MS SQL Server and Windows Server.
    https://www.geekwire.com/2017/new-world-tech-amazon-google-ended-inside-microsoft-database-conference/

  5. Deaf Spy says:

    FLOSS is the right way to do IT.

    That is why Office 365 grows even in China. 🙂

  6. Grece wrote, “FLOSS is a joke!”

    I’m laughing, at Grece. FLOSS is the right way to do IT. Software gets reused that way and that’s more efficient than having multiple competitors reinventing the wheel, patenting it and suing each other. It’s certainly more efficient than having monopolies in software.

  7. Grece says:

    FLOSS is a joke!

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