Subject: EU REPORT CALLS FOR WIDESPREAD OPEN SOURCE ADOPTION
From: Keith Bostic <bostic@sleepycat.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 14:53:36 -0400 (EDT)

Forwarded-by: Shenaz Malik <Shenaz@benton.org>

EU REPORT CALLS FOR WIDESPREAD OPEN SOURCE ADOPTION
A European Commission (EC) funded report has recommended that governments
share and adapt software via the Open Source model. The study calls for a
six year development program that would begin with the establishment of a
clearing house to which governments could 'donate' software for reuse. The
study deals largely with software developed by government departments for
their own administrative services. The premise is that, if such software
is transferred to and adapted for other departments in other countries,
the open source model "comes naturally." Government software in the EU
today is not open source. However, it is receptive to open source
adaptation. The problem with converting existing software is that multiple
intellectual property ownerships have to be tracked down first. Another
hurdle to implementing interchangeable software lies in resisting the urge
to use proprietary software for new projects.
[SOURCE: The Register, AUTHOR: John Lettice]
(http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/26102.html)

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