The EU is all talk and no cattle…
They have gone ahead and made a deal with M$ for $millions with no public tender. Despite public denial that they are locked in the EU states that they need software from M$ “for technical reasons”. Yeah, they’re locked-in seriously and now they want to swallow the sinker.
Before you can escape, you have to realize you are imprisoned…
Compare this action by the EU with a policy of the government of India not to buy any hardware without drivers for all operating systems (eliminating the problem).
I-4. Policy Statement
The following shall be guaranteed by the OEM and ensured by Vendors.
I-4.1. The Computers shall be capable of running on all General Purpose Operating Systems(OS)
I-4.2. OEMs shall provide Drivers for Computers and Peripherals, which are capable of running on all General Purpose OS.
I-4.3. The Drivers of Computers and Peripherals for GNU/Linux ( one of the General Purpose OS) shall satisfy any of the following conditions;
I-4.3.1. The source code, build procedure and installation instructions for the Drivers must be made available as per any of the Open Source Software (OSS) Licenses listed in Part-IV. Computers and Peripherals must be operational using these Drivers in the latest stable Linux-Kernel.
I-4.3.2. The source code, build procedure and installation instructions for the Drivers must comply with LSB-3.0 or higher versions and accepted by any of the LinuxDistributions.
I-4.3.3. In case only binaries are made available for the Drivers, then they shall be Linux-Compatible; in addition, kernel dependent binaries must adhere to the specifications of the latest stable Linux-Kernel.
I-5. Non-availability of Drivers as per the Policy
I-5.1 In case, the Drivers of computers and Peripherals are not available as per this Policy, and then the OEM / Vendor would be required to submit justifications to the procuring agency for considering the temporary relaxation.
I-5.2 Temporary relaxation may be granted by the procuring organization, subject to assurance from the Vendor to comply with the Policy prior to the delivery and installation of the Computers and Peripherals.