"A new study has recommended that governments require the use of
open-source software, fanning the flames of the increasingly heated
debate over the place of open-source in public policy.
"The Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) study, from the
University of Maastricht's International Institute of Infonomics,
argues that open-source software can bring substantial benefits to
governments, including reduced costs, and that governments should
require that the software they buy uses an open-source licence.
"'By determining the conditions under which software can be used
in public sector organisations, no natural or legal person should
then be prohibited from offering goods and services to them,' the
report said. 'This should not be misunderstood as a positive
discrimination for a specific type of software, e.g. free of charge
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