You have to admire the bold moves many European governments have made towards using FLOSS to do their IT. More organizations should follow their examples.
|France||A parliamentary report recommends securing the Internet from attacks by various players and using more FLOSS.|
|Valencia, Spain||Valencia has saved $millions over the years and it’s not about to stop using FLOSS.|
|Greece||Universities have organized a summer course for civil servants and others who need to learn more about FLOSS and how to use it.|
The French report pulls no punches:(translation from French)
On FLOSS, among many other advantages, It helps reduce the dependence, strategic and economic, of France vis-a-vis foreign suppliers: “In these lean times we would find many advantages to using open programs like LibreOffice, OpenOffice or FireFox instead of paying a fortune to Microsoft” emphasized Mr. Francesco Ragazzi
My favourite recommendation?
“promote a progressive migration of their IT infrastructure to FLOSS. This can happen, in particular, by a preference for open source software in tendering procedures for public procurement and the imposition of open standards.”
I couldn’t have written it any better than that.