The Register: French senators propose making open source compulsory

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“French senators Pierre Laffitte and René
Trégouët are proposing that national and local
government and administrative systems should only use open source
software. Arguing in favour of their proposed law number 495, they
say ease of communication and free access by citizens to
information can only be achieved if the administration is not
dependent on the goodwill of the publishers of the software.”

“Open systems whose evolution can be guaranteed via the free
availability of source code are needed,” they say. The two
senators have set up a discussion forum for the proposed law at the
French Senate Web site, and put forward the text, and their own
explanation of why the move is needed.