It’s about time. I’ve long held that FLOSS is the right way to do IT. It seems the government of Sweden agrees.“Swedenâ€™s public administrations will increasingly turn to open source and open standards, expect ICT procurement specialists at the National Procurement Services, the central purchasing body for the countryâ€™s public sector. The agency is readying a new approach for the acquisition of sofware and ICT services. When using these frameworks, only open standards and open source can be mandated. This greatly facilitates public administrations to prefer this type of software.” They are making contracts for IT based on function rather than brand and preferring FLOSS. For 5 years, specialists in FLOSS will be supplying government IT. That should kill off much of the Wintel monopoly which never made any sense in organizations as large as governments. A government surrendering authority for IT decisions to M$ was never working for its citizens. A government preferring software produced by the world and shared freely is working for its citizens, promoting harmony and cooperation and saving a bundle. This is not a tiny contract-framework. They are talking about ~â‚¬200million per annum for IT software/services. In 5 years Wintel will be a shadow of its former self in Sweden’s IT. This could give the whole country a boost and affect other large organizations and citizens too. It’s all good. 🙂
On a similar note, MIMO, in France is updating its list of FLOSS for use in government and the government of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain is promoting local entrepreneurs’ use of FLOSS clouds. 2015 could be the start of something big in Europe.