Political Push for Open Source Software
Wednesday March 28th 2007, 8:19h
Filed under: ETH Zürich, FLOSS, Politics

As Dieter Klemme of ISB stated last year at the ISB conference on open source software, there will be no change in practice using Microsoft products as long there is no political thrive demanding something else. OK, so let’s try it the push-way: After two months of preparation, today EVP parliamentarian Marc Jost hands in a motion demanding the promotion of open source software in public institutions in the Canton of Bern (as Mathias Born of Berner Zeitung reports). Together with other free software activists I prepared a list of seven claims how to support the use and creation of open source software in schools, universities, public administrations etc. We justified the claims with a political argumentation and an elaborate list of reference projects on a local, department, national and international level (not mentioned yet: the switch of the French parliament on Ubuntu). Hopefully, our political approach will be copied as well by other politicians on a Canton level in Switzerland. As everything in free and open source software: copy, redistribution and improvements are allowed and encouraged ;)

Pingu statt Bären?

Update 2007-03-29: Tonight there will be a discussion in the city parliament of Bern about software license costs and how the government intends to use open source software in public institutions. So it seems like IT is slowly becoming a political issue - positive!

Update 2007-04-28: The actually handed-in motion is little bit shorter than the original version - politicians are just so busy.

Update 2007-11-27: As can be read in the protocol of the discussion (pages 17 until 25) unfortunately the Bernese parliament rejected most of the proposed points concerning a OSS strategy for our canton.


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