A plan that will mandate the use of open standards and open source software government-wide

Say the Dutch. And that’s excellent news. Government is perhaps the foremost market segment where open source can thrive, evolve and gradually be positioned so as to make inroads in the enterprise. Holland plans to be running open software by mid 2008 at a national (central government) level and 2009 for local and state organisations. Interestingly, according to The Register, the bill was not opposed in parliament, despite Microsoft’s protests; on the other hand, I’m sure that many in the Netherlands may be somewhat frustrated by this, although in the longterm I’m sure they’ll appreciate the difference. The message is clear: Open Up or be excluded. Who’s next?

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