It’s outrageous how much governments around the worldGoogle Translation
“33 326 Parliamentary investigation ICT projects in government
Nr. 21 AMENDING THE MEMBERS OF MOTION AND Oosenbrug Gesthuizen REPLACEMENT IN PRINTED UNDER NO. 19
Presented April 14, 2015
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.
Gesthuizen” 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.