"The Canadian Linux community may need to put a plug on
preaching if it wants to encourage the adoption of open source
software, a government-commissioned report warns.
"Sponsored by the Information and Communications Technology
Branch at Industry Canada, Public Works & Government Services
Canada, and the Treasury Board Secretariat, a draft version of Open
Source Software in Canada was released for comment last week. The
65-page document includes the results of about 200 responses to a
questionnaire, a series of one-on-one interviews with Linux experts
and profiles of Canadian open source companies.
"While acknowledging significant Linux growth in both the public
and private sectors, the draft report says Canada lags global
adoption rates. Partly this is due, it says, to a lack of 'basic
catalysts, the most significant being a sufficient level of senior
management awareness and understanding of the strategic value of
open source solutions...'"
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