"European open-source enthusiasts are welcoming moves
by French officials to encourage the use of open standards and
open-source software in electronic-government applications.
'Many countries do open source, but only France has issued a
government order which says that we should implement open source
whenever possible,' said spokesman Jean-Paul Smets of the EuroLinux
Alliance, a group that boosts open source and the Linux operating
system. 'What is going to be compulsory is the open standards, and
open source is going to be a recommendation.'"