Sweden Greases The Skids For FLOSS In Government

It’s about time. I’ve long held that FLOSS is the right way to do IT. It seems the government of Sweden agrees.“Sweden’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 country’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 ~€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. 🙂

See Sweden to boost open source through procurement.

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.

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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10 Responses to Sweden Greases The Skids For FLOSS In Government

  1. antifanboy says:

    I’m sorry, but you ARE indeed FLOSS biased.

  2. dougman wrote, “it is NOT a Linux bug, but a bug in Steam itself that affects all OS’s”

    Steam:
    “The uninstallation process deletes the folder Steam was installed to to ensure it is fully uninstalled. If you accidentally installed Steam to a folder containing other data, for example C:\Program Files\ instead of C:\Program Files\Steam\, STOP! Do not run the uninstaller and instead carefully follow the instructions below for Manually Removing Steam, except only delete Steam-related files in step 3.”

    Chuckle. That sound like a hangover from the non-FREE software days…

  3. dougman says:

    Biased?? Seems someone is speaking in half-truths. *rolls-eyes*

    We are talking about M$ and Sweden, what does a Steam bug have to do with them? Nothing…

    However, how hard is it to fix? Not very hard, as one can easily comment out the problematic line. I am not sure on how long Valve will take to respond, but with M$ crap in general, one would have to wait months for a fix. Huge difference wouldn’t you say?

    But since we are trying to be fair and honest here, the problem as fanboy has brought to light, isn’t relegated to just Linux either. See link #2 in the link fanboy posted at the bottom of the page.

    https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=9609-OBMP-2526

    So in closure, it is NOT a Linux bug, but a bug in Steam itself that affects all OS’s

  4. oiaohm says:

    http://0pointer.net/blog/systemd-for-administrators-part-xxi.html

    antifanboy yawn. Of course you are not aware that the recent steam problem was talked about at LCA 3 years go about needing to sandbox applications to prevent stupid crud from happening.

    https://github.com/MaartenBaert/Wayland-keylogger

    Yes lack of sandboxing is a Linux Windows and OS X issue. Question is what party will get it fixed first.

  5. antifanboy wrote, “only report news when it is in FOSS’s favor? Talk about biased.”

    Thank you.

    TFA about STEAM is a bit off-topic because I don’t do gaming but it is valid comment about FLOSS. Any software can have bugs/errors in coding/flaws. As I understand it that flaw is rarely evident. One has to use the software in a way the creator did not intend. Still, it is alarming the creator did not realize that removing directory trees could be hazardous. I did that once, many years ago, by mistyping a space next to a wildcard. I stopped it before much damage was done but my installation was damaged to the point that reinstallation was the easiest way to get it back. That’s more a comment on humanity than FLOSS.

  6. antifanboy says:

    How come the only report news when it is in FOSS’s favor? Talk about biased.

    Here’s some news for you: Steam for Linux bug erases your hard drive
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2871653/scary-steam-for-linux-bug-erases-all-the-personal-files-on-your-pc.html

  7. ram says:

    All it take is a crackdown on corruption and strict internal auditing of government procurements and certain organizations whose marketing strategy consists almost purely of bribes and kickbacks have a really hard time!

  8. oiaohm says:

    Robert Pogson I am sorry to say most event security is crap. Lot of those events you are allowed a backpack with you lunch in it this might include a Knife or a pie. Lot of ways at least they went for the pie option.

  9. I don’t like Bill at all but I would never commit a criminal assault like that. Where was his security? Those idiots didn’t just pull pies out of their pockets…

  10. dougman says:

    M$ gets pie in the face… every time Linux is downloaded and installed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK6SS8CXYZo

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