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The Dutch mull mandatory open source

Dutch public officials are proposing to switch their government's IT systems to open source software, according to ePractice.eu, a European Commission-run online news site. The country leaders hope to slash software licensing fees and give smaller companies more chances to do government work.

Under the proposal, from April 2008 onwards, whenever an agency upgrades or buys new software, it will have to go open source, or explain why it can't use open source. And should the complexities of setting up an open source environment overwhelm managers, they can consult a "special programme bureau [that] will be set up to assist all administrations with the changeover," according to the article.

Posted by Joab Jackson on Oct 16, 2007 at 9:39 AM


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