Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Sep 2017 21:20 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source

Digital services offered and used by public administrations are the critical infrastructure of 21st-century democratic nations. To establish trustworthy systems, government agencies must ensure they have full control over systems at the core of our digital infrastructure. This is rarely the case today due to restrictive software licences.

Today, 31 organisations are publishing an open letter in which they call for lawmakers to advance legislation requiring publicly financed software developed for the public sector be made available under a Free and Open Source Software licence.

Good initiative, and a complete and utter no-brainer. Public money, public code.

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RE[2]: This old chestnut again
by rom508 on Sun 17th Sep 2017 10:51 UTC in reply to "RE: This old chestnut again"
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And yet startups keep popping up and use open source software. Open source software is just as much a way to decrease barriers to entry as it is for big companies to get free stuff. Tell us a way to decrease barriers to entry for startups without open source.

Same thing applies everything in life. Open source is good for some things, not so good for other. You get what you pay for, which is why people spend loads of money on new luxury cars, instead of getting old bangers for free.

Think about Heartbleed. Sure, it was a silly vulnerability to have let through. Was it really the end of the world? The problem was identified quickly, the bug located quickly, then the bug was fixed quickly. Trying getting that with closed source software. You can't even have the conversation and must hope the vendor will allocate resources to it.

You are talking about the quality of software, if you can guarantee software is free of bugs, the fact that something is open or closed is irrelevant. Also I'm pretty sure governments can obtain access to source code via NDAs, so it's not as closed as you imagine.

How is software developed for public services "coding for fun in their spare time"? This is about source code developed under public contract. Now you're just having your bone to pick with open source instead of coming up with a relevant argument.

Or replacing existing closed software with open source alternatives, some of which is developed by community for fun in their spare time, i.e. no dedicated test teams, or unit tests, etc.

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