European Governments Are So Much Fun!

“the European Commission received some two hundred studies, outlining plans for switching one of its Directorates General to open source, implementing this type of software solutions on servers as well as desktops. The case studies were composed by IT candidates, taking part in a selection competition for the EC.”

See Two hundred ways to switch an EC Directorate to open source.

“Germany’s upcoming government coalition of CDU, CSU and SPD is to encourage the use of open source software in public administrations. In its coalition treaty, leaked last Monday evening, the government describes open source is an alternative to ‘closed digital ecosystems’ and says it will commit itself to open source at a European level.”

See New German government to encourage open source

Isn’t that refreshing? Instead of pouring more $billions into M$’s coffers for permission to run IT, European governments are actually switching to FLOSS and GNU/Linux because of open standards, lower costs and higher flexibility. Good for them! Now, about Canada…

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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2 Responses to European Governments Are So Much Fun!

  1. oiaohm says:

    This is the ice cracking. Munich has proven it can work. French police have proven it can work.

    Now we are seeing the second stage of the bell curve of adoption start.

    Really the result will be projects like Libreoffice will increase in development speed. Yes timing openchange lands.

    2014-2015 are going to be interesting years for open source.

  2. ram says:

    With massively high unemployment and the very real risk of political “instability” this summer, they better cut down on government corruption and start buying domestically. IT is an ideal place to start. Can’t move quick enough!

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