Despite the obvious advantage of a government being able to serve all its citizens regardless of operating system or browser in use, the Swiss parliament narrowly rejected a motion to require open standards in IT facing the public.
“The motion specifically asked the government to make the application that is to be used by farmers to report on transport of their animals also available for the Linux operating system. The application, called Agate, is currently only available for users of proprietary PC operating systems.
The motion also called on the Swiss Federal Council to make sure that all of its future e-government services are fully functional, regardless of which operating system or web browser is used.”
see Swiss Parliament rejects call for vendor independent e-government services
I hope the voters wake up their representatives. Apparently a bunch of them are asleep. It is the 21st century and many governments recognize that there is more than one supplier of software for personal computing.
Compare the Swiss behaviour with the Dutch who recently shared a collection of “comply or explain” rules for acquiring IT with open standards. They’ve been awake since 2006.