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: This old chestnut again
by ahferroin7 on Mon 18th Sep 2017 11:24 UTC in reply to "This old chestnut again"
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From a practical perspective, there you have one of two cases for companies making money with open source software:

1. You're purchasing support for that software and other services from them. THis is the case with Red Hat, SUSE, and Oracle.

2. You're purchasing a complete system from them, and paying for hardware and proprietary software that uses the open source software. This is the case with many embedded systems, including smartphones that run Android.

In both cases, you often have totally free alternatives (CentOS for RHEL, openSUSE for SLES, AOSP for Android, etc), and there is absolutely nothing in any widely used open source license that prohibits such usage.

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