"That quote is bound to bring out the naysayers - and
rightfully so since it contradicts McNealy's "free like a puppy"
perspective - but the idea that government institutions could
reduce costs by collaborating and building on reference
implementations is a more convincing argument.
"We have previously noted that the European Commission is slowly
leaning further towards open source based on the view that using
open source development methods will enable member countries can
improve development and collaboration processes, avoid duplication
of effort and focus innovation further up the value chain."