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Massive support for Open Source in Folketinget (the Danish Parliament)

Oct 23, 2000, 23:12 (3 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Fermigier for pointing us to this Press Release: ]

A substantial majority of the research committee in Folketinget now supports Open Source. This spring, the Socialist Peoples Party put forward a proposal suggesting that the authorities support the spreading of Open Source in various ways. The research committee in Folketinget has now made a report over this proposal and seven parties (the Social Democrats, Venstre, the Conservatives, the Socialist People's Party, the Danish People's Party, Enhedslisten and the Christian people's party), who represents a substantial majority of the parliament, support the report.

In the report the parties clearly express their support for Open Source and for provision of a good framework for development of Open Source by the state. This will be a part of the state's IT policy in the future.

The report recommends that the state henceforward use Open Source in the development of its own software, that the state provides possibilities for bids with Open Source software, and that the state disseminates information about experiences with Open Source.

Furthermore, the research committee recommends that the state use open standards. As a result, citizens will not have to use products from a certain manufacturer and the possibilities for Open Source to develop will improve.

Furthermore, the majority recommends that the government work on promoting Open Source on a European level.

The Socialist People's Party spokesperson on IT, Knud Erik Hansen, finds it delightful that such a substantial majority has been able to agree on supporting Open Source. Open Source represents a dynamic model of development for IT - unlike the prevailing software, where the development is impeded by monopolies.

Knud Erik Hansen also says that Open Source has the potential of promoting lower prices, more security and flexibility.

Knud Erik Hansen can be reached at 33 37 44 10 or 40 40 43 44 or sfkeha@ft.dk