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Italian region asks for help to avoid software lock-in� to Microsoft

Dec 04, 2010, 11:02 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

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"Today, after the initial surprise caused by knowing that Left party leader and president of the italian region of Puglia, Nichi Vendola, has just signed a Berlusconi-like deal with Microsoft offering an explanation that, alas, doesn't really explain much, we started to know something about the content of the deal (because the bigger, problem in this whole business, much more of the presence of Microsoft, is lack of transparency).

"The Region of Puglia published a press release titled, more or less, "Protocol of understanding between the Region of Puglia and Microsoft. Vendola says: (this is for) technological neutrality (a summary of the press release was also published by Italian newspaper Corriere del Mezzogiorno.

"The title of the press release is the first thing that creates perplexity, unless this is the first of a series of similar deals with other companies. In this context, and in ICT in general, "technological neutrality" means more or less "to guarantee that each public or private software user can freely choose which software to use, and that each software vendor competes fairly with all the others"."

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