There is a refreshing breeze bringing openness and Free Software to German governments. I wish my own Canadian governments were closer to this position.
“In Lower Saxony the Social Democratic Party and BÃ¼ndnis 90/Die GrÃ¼nen, in February write in their draft coalition agreement that they will "promote the extensive use of free and open source software in all government organisations and educational institutions." "We want to be an attractive location for the information and communications technologies. We want to focus on cloud computing, open source software and Green IT."
In Lower Saxony, the parliamentarians want an IT strategy that prefers open source solutions above proprietary alternatives, when performance is the same.”
see Renewed push for free software in German states of Berlin and Lower Saxony