Joinup has a couple of articles linked below which describe positive and negative forces affecting adoption of FLOSS in four European countries: UK, France, Spain and Germany. A major driver is cost, “There are administrations that are saving 65 percent on maintenance and software development. Furthermore, every euro we invest in the software community returns three euros to the local IT sector.”. Major hindrances are inertia, having the right people in the right places at the right time, and matching the scale of governments to the small size of FLOSS project organizations. The IT of European governments is adjusting quickly in the face of huge outlays being wasted on non-Free software and friction between closed and open standards. The solution to most problems seems to be to have government actually contribute to FLOSS projects rather than merely to use FLOSS products.
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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
Lately, I've been giving lots of thought to the world I inherited and which I will leave to my descendants. I'm planting grass, trees, flowers and vegetables in my large lot and I've ordered a Solo EV. I plan to charge my Solo by means of a tracking solar array. Life is good if you have a purpose. I do.