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ZDNet UK: Governments Should Switch to Open Source--Study

Aug 23, 2002, 19:00 (19 Talkback[s])
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"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 software...'"

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