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Tobias H�vekamp: European Union acknowledges "Open Source Software"

Jan 29, 2000, 19:28 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Within the 5th Framework Programme (1998-2002) 3.6 billion Euro will be spend by the European Union on the thematic programm "Information Society Technologies (IST)". This money will be - roughly speaking - distributed mainly among research and technological development projects according to a workprogramme that is written up every year. Reading the IST workprogramm 1999 you will find phrases like "open platform", "open architecture" but you will not find "open source". At the end of 1999 the final draft of the IST workprogramme 2000 was released. I was surprised and pleased that the expression "open source software" even made it into the vision statement that summarises the workprogramme orientations. Congratulation to the EU! The visions statement of the IST-workprogramme 2000 reads:"

"Start creating the ambient intelligence landscape for seamless delivery of services and applications in Europe relying also upon test-beds and open source software, develop user-friendliness, and develop and converge the networking infrastructure in Europe to world-class."

"One goal of the 5th Framework Programme is to foster the competitiveness of Europe's (software) industry. I hope, the EU is aware of the "different" way of programming OSS and the business models that do arise from OSS and will acknowledge them when evalutating OSS-proposals. The sentence "By stressing open source software, possibly together with free software, ..." (Final Draft Workprogramm 2000 p. 50) might indicate, that - at least - the writers of the workprogramme 2000 are not too familiar with the term OSS and the philosophy behind it."

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