Dutch Parliament Kicks Butt

It’s outrageous how much governments around the worldGoogle Translation
“33 326 Parliamentary investigation ICT projects in government


Presented April 14, 2015

The Room,

heard the deliberation,

noting that the motion Vendrik already in 2002 called for compliance with open standards in 2006, and ambitious targets for use of open source software;

noting that the Monitor Open Standard Policy 2014 the ICTU appears that in tenders only a limited part of the relevant open standards and is asked, there is no question of a ‘comply or explain’ principle;

noting that no ambitious targets for the use of open source software;

believes that this dependence on a limited number of large software vendors too strong and that this can lead to high social costs of computer software;

calls on the Government to ensure that is handled properly for the end of 2015 for all tenders by the relevant open standards;

calls upon the Government to determine, how the government through exit strategies may be less dependent on ICT providers and report to report to the House;

further calls on the Government, in any contract of a new ICT project to the specifications set in such a way that open source applications make an equal chance and the choice for a closed source application to explain this,

and proceeds to the order of the day.


spend on non-Free software. FLOSS is so much more efficient use of taxpayers’ monies. Well, the Dutch parliament has had enough and is kicking the government to follow the rules and prefer FLOSS wherever it’s good enough, which is just about everywhere.

Note their mention of “high social costs of computer software”. This is not just about price. Every time their government sends money to USA for software, someone in Netherlands is not getting paid work. It’s so simple: hire Dutch programmers to customize and to create/maintain FLOSS. Netherlands doesn’t have to pay the full shot then, only the parts that are relevant to them. They can leverage the work of other individuals and organizations around the world to assist in running their IT. That’s obviously a better way to do IT. The world can and does make its own software and Netherlands should use it. A decent percentage of PCs do, so it works for them on the desktop too.

See Dutch parliament: Vendor dependence too high a cost.

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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5 Responses to Dutch Parliament Kicks Butt

  1. DrLoser wrote, “That, by the way, is the most ridiculous fit to a data-set that you have yet come out with.”

    From a guy intolerant of variance, I thought you’d love it. A daily variance may include variations in the workflow from day to day. A weekly average merges equal parts weekend and workday for instance and emphasizes spikes less. One cause of spikes we’ve seen lately may be that StatCounter records some places a day late, causing a dip followed by a spike. I don’t know the mechanism for their data-collection but I know it’s impossible to call it all in an instant. It’s quite possible some regions may report late or even irregularly.

  2. DrLoser says:

    That, by the way, is the most ridiculous fit to a data-set that you have yet come out with.

    This quasi-statistical obsession of yours gets funnier every time, Robert.

  3. DrLoser says:

    No. The variance is meaningless.

    Let me just get this straight, Robert.

    You’re claiming that variance is meaningless? In which case your statistical analysis is worthless.

    Or you’re claiming that variance doesn’t apply in this case, because the mean is a better indicator?

    In which case (your statistical analysis is worthless) you really need to supply a mathematical basis for this distinctly unusual interpretation.

  4. DrLoser wrote, “Do you really want me to calculate the variance on that graph”.

    No. The variance is meaningless. It really doesn’t matter if on Monday half the world’s users of GNU/Linux desktops phone in sick. What matters is how many GNU/Linux PCs/users there are. The mean shows that better. Take a weekly average, for instance, to average out the weekend effect. Take a monthly average to be really certain that the mean is increasing. Have fun.

  5. DrLoser says:

    Do you really want me to calculate the variance on that graph, Robert?
    Visually it appears to be quite extreme.

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