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Lobbying for GNU/Linux in the German Bundestag

Feb 01, 2002, 20:45 (6 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Fred Mobach for this link. ]

"Since the end of last year, a heated public debate has been led on which operating system should be used in the German parliament for the coming years. The debate has been especially important for it's relevance in the general discussion about different concepts of software. Central to the debate are the open source operating system Linux and the currently market dominating system Windows, which - being proprietary - hides its source code from the public.

"The signatories of this declaration have, due to the following arguments, come to the opinion, that to ensure economic competition, promote creative potential, secure the open market and generally re-emphasize the democratic aspects of German society, the German parliament would do well to support the introduction of free software as a prominent move towards the shaping of a new open society in the coming century. Other arguments for open source systems such as improved security, cost efficency and flexibility have not been taken into our considerations, since they have already been stressed enough during the debate of the last year..."

Complete Story (in English)

Gesamte Geschichte (auf Deutsch)

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