"Open source is under attack in Europe. Not openly or
obviously, but in the background, behind closed doors. The
battleground is the imminent Digital Agenda for Europe, due to be
unveiled by the European Commission in a month's time, and which
defines the overall framework for Europe's digital policy.
According to people with good contacts to the politicians and
bureaucrats drawing up the Agenda, Microsoft is lobbying hard to
ensure that open standards and open source are excluded from that
policy - and is on the brink of succeeding in that aim.
"We need to get as many people as possible writing to the key
Commissioners *now* if we are to stop them. Details of who to write
to are given below. To help you frame things, here's some
background on what's at stake. "