European Commission Open Source Software Strategy 2014-2017

I’d say the EC has a great strategy:
“For all future IT developments, the Commission shall promote the use of products that support recognised, well-documented and preferably open technical specifications that can be freely adopted, implemented and extended. Interoperability is a critical issue for the Commission, and use of well-established standards is a key factor to achieve it.
See Open Source Software Strategy 2014-2017.”

  • Equal treatment in procurement
  • Contribution to communities
  • Clarification of legal aspects
  • Open-source and interoperable Commission-developed software
  • Transparency and better communication

The only thing I would do differently is to prefer FLOSS outright except in corner-cases. FLOSS is the right way to do IT. I don’t see any merit in giving M$, a known illegal monopolist, for instance, any standing to supply IT to the EC. The EC can certainly live without monopolists and should do so.

See Open Source Strategy in the European Commission.

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 Commission Open Source Software Strategy 2014-2017

  1. LinuxGentlesir says:

    Great news!

  2. oiaohm says:

    It is interesting watching Mesa, Libreoffice and other projects as they start accelerating in 2014 for feature completing.

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