NewsForge: Open Source Battles Microsoft in Ukraine
Jun 27, 2005, 18:15 (3 Talkback[s])
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"A battle for software supremacy within the public and private
sectors of Ukraine has begun. Recently, the Ukrainian Parliament
registered a 'project of law' (the equivalent of a bill in U.S.
terms) that may radically alter the manner in which the Ukrainian
government procures software. If adopted, it will require
government agencies, along with all state-owned or state-controlled
companies, to give preference to open source software.
"However, the proposed legislation still offers ample
opportunity for competition by legitimate proprietary software. It
requires giving preference to an open source product only when the
open source feature set is analogous to that of a commercial
product, and justifies using proprietary products if the open
source counterparts are more expensive..."