Dutch opt for open source?

Tech brief

Under a government plan sent to parliament in September, the Dutch government would require government agencies to select open-source solutions when purchasing software beginning in April 2008. Government representatives say the move will make public authorities less reliant on current suppliers and boost innovation by giving smaller software designers more opportunities. The absence of licensing fees and easier customization of software were also reasons for the move.

By January 2009, according to the proposal, all ministries will be expected to have a strategy in place for the acquisition and use of open-source software.

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