Open source in the public sector, who’s lagging?
I came across this article published in early 2005, it talks about European governments and their position vis-à-vis open source. The study conducted on 371 local authorities across 13 European countries shows some interesting results.
Since the article was published, things have changed in the
The public sector in the UK is still lagging behind other European countries/cities (such as Munich, Paris or Norway) in terms of open-source adoption, but the open source academy aims at changing that.
In another article published by CNET, Stephen Shankland seems to indicate that the U.S. public sector is moving even slower even if open source is used by the Department of Defense, the U.S. Census Bureau and a few regional governments (like the city of Austin), the significant presence of Microsoft and the desire to boost U.S. companies is an impediment to open source adoption. According to Shankland, lobbying and advocacy group such as the (with members like Microsoft, Intel, and EDS) strongly oppose cases in which governments mandate use of or preference for open-source software which is what EU governments are actively doing.
How do you think open source is doing in the