Open source policy no guarantee governments will actually use open source

FierceGovernment IT, 01/27/13

The distance between government policy favoring open source technology and solicitations that don't actively discriminate against it can be great.

That's the case found in a sample of 80 solicitations conducted by the Dutch government between January and June 2010, according to a study by Mathieu Paapst, an information technology law lecturer at the Netherlands's University of Groningen. The Dutch government in December 2007 adopted an action plan meant to increase adoption of open source software and open standards in government agencies.