EU Contemplating Switch to Open Source

Lora Bentley

The European Union may be inching closer to purchasing open source software for its offices, according to a Bloomberg piece in the International Herald Tribune.


A spokesperson for the EU's commissioner for administrative affairs says the commission will soon release a "strategy paper" on using open source software. The paper will recommend open source rather than proprietary offerings as long as it is less expensive and "in the best interests of European citizens."


This isn't the first time the EU has considered open source, but as a free software attorney points out in the story, changes such as this one don't happen overnight:

[Carlo] Piana, of the Free Software Foundation Europe, said the adoption of the software by governments had been slow. "There is a gap between proposals and the adoption. It takes time to implement the policy," he said.

If the switch happens, it will be yet another blow to Microsoft, which has seen governments in several different countries opt for open source over Microsoft programs.


It also comes on the heels of the EU's decisions to open a second antitrust investigation and level a record fine against the software behemoth.


Microsoft representatives offered no comment on the proposal, the story says.

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Mar 9, 2008 5:46 AM Florin Florin  says:
The "contemplation" is politically motivated, with an anti-american agenda (perhaps also a little anti-monopoly). The truth of the matter is that, unfortunately, today's marketplace doesn't offer a viable alternative to Microsoft Windows and Office. Reply

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