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[News] Governments of Holland and Latvia Move on to More Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Governments of Holland and Latvia Move on to More Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 06 Dec 2009 13:08:57 +0000
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NL: Government to increase open source in key IT projects

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| The Dutch government wants to increase the 
| use of open standards and source in some 
| of its key IT projects, minister for 
| Foreign Trade Frank Heemkskerk said 
| yesterday. "There is not enough progress 
| in the uptake of this type of software", 
| said Heemskerk. "We need more 
| perseverance. Using this type of software 
| should be a social objective of public 
| administrations."
| Heemskerk announced he would approach the 
| other ministers in the cabinet to urge 
| them to adopt open standards and open 
| source applications. "I will chase my 
| colleagues responsible for health care, 
| for social security and for education."


LV: Ministry of Education approves open source software for schools

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| Open source can be used to teach computer 
| science classes to secondary school 
| pupils, Latvia's ministry of Education 
| announced on Tuesday.
| The ministry bases its conclusion on the 
| work of a group of experts, industry 
| association representatives, ministry 
| officials and school representatives. The 
| group in August started looking for open 
| source applications that could be used for 
| computer science classes.
| According to the group open source 
| software will be able to fulfil all 
| requirements of the computer education 
| curriculum in primary and secondary 
| schools.



Dutch Government To Provide Open Source Software Tools To
Help European Businesses

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| The Dutch Government is about to publish as
| open source OS Toolbox PSC, a set of
| software tools that EU member states can
| use to offer or improve their points of
| single contact for entrepreneurs that want
| to start business or offer their services
| anywhere in the EU. The software will be
| made available on the OSOR Forge, the open
| source software repository and development
| platform of the European Commission.


Rafael MartÃn Espada, CIO, Government of Extremadura. Spain Says
Open Source Is Critical For Development

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| The use of open source software is
| fundamental to a sustainable and
| technologically independent development, says
| Rafael MartÃn Espada, Director General of
| ICT, regional government of Extremadura.
| "We have a long list of recommendations that
| we are willing to share with all
| administrations that are considering open
| source", Espada said last week Thursday at a
| seminar in Brussels.
| The region for instance advises to take
| fiscal measures to promote the creation of
| open source business. "Make its adoption a
| priority for public administrations. Use open
| source when you are organising electronic
| polls, stress its use in your development
| strategy and build demo centres to increase
| the trust in this type of software."

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