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Croatian government adopts free software policy

Posted by egovindia on July 22, 2006

Croatian government adopts free software policy

Apply Open Sauce on the Balkans
By Nick Farrell: Wednesday 19 July 2006, 06:54

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THE CROATIAN government has decided to adopt a free software policy and move entirely to Open Source.

According to a document with the catchy title “Directions for Development and Use of Open Source Code Computer Programmes in Bodies and Institutions of State Administration” the Government says it needs to develop, prepare and procure open-source software.

Basically it feels that proprietary software leads to too much dependence on suppliers, which can damage the market competition.

It also says that open source programmes make the government’s business more transparent and free access to information.

It reckons that Open Source will also save the Croatian tax payers huge amounts of cash while at the same time strengthening the domestic information science industry.

The report is available here.


One Response to “Croatian government adopts free software policy”

  1. meedabyte said

    On one hand we see this, on the other we see…

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