EU Council in Hot Water with Linux Users

Lora Bentley

The European Union consistently makes the news as proof that open source software is the wave of the future (not to mention it will save government money). We've highlighted many of those announcements in weeks past.

Let's see...

  • The French Parliament opted for open source operating systems not long ago, as did the Gendarme.
  • Amsterdam recently announced it would be testing open source alternatives with an eye toward migrating from Microsoft.
  • A study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering says the savings potential will drive open source uptake in Germany, starting with parliament and the City of Munich.
  • Schools throughout the UK are implementing open source, and the National Health Service "Connecting for Health Program" runs on open source systems.
  • And the EU itself is funding the Open Source Observatory and Repository to encourage shared development and resources among its member governments.

That's why we were rather shocked to see ZDNet's report that the EU Council's streaming video service cannot be accessed by computers running open source operating systems. Even more surprisingly, the council appears unconcerned as yet, despite more than 9,400 signatures on an online petition calling for change. (9,400 isn't huge when you consider everyone in the EU, but nonetheless...)

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