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: utter no-brainer? no
by Sidux on Mon 18th Sep 2017 10:03 UTC in reply to "utter no-brainer? no"
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Apple would disagree with oversimplifying things not being great business model.
Problem is most people hate bureaucracy. It just takes someone with huge PR potential skills to highlight the usefulness of a simplified model and some backup from government entities and you have a recipe for success.
History did prove over and over again that not simplifying this is not always the best bet in keeping yourself in the market, even if we're talking about public funding.

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