[url=http://www.betanews.com/article/Netherlands_war_against_Microsoft_advances_on_two_fronts/1197649502]Netherlands war against Microsoft advances on two fronts
A junior economics minister in the Dutch government has made significant inroads this week in his battle against Microsoft there, both in transitioning his government to ODF and in decoupling bundled software from PCs.
What Neelie Kroes is to the European Commission, Frank Heemskerk is fast becoming for the Netherlands Finance Ministry -- a rising star, especially for taking on popular causes. One such cause -- the battle against Microsoft's market dominance -- has won him support, and this week, the popular Economic Affairs State Secretary has cashed in some of his chips for political points.
Yesterday, a version of a plan proposed last September that would move Dutch government offices toward open-source office software that uses OpenDocument Format, received the necessary votes yesterday to be formally passed by the Dutch Parliament.
"Open source software has many advantages," reads a translation from Sec. Heemskerk's office yesterday, "which we've seen right in front of us for quite some time. Licensing costs are reduced, you're not so dependent on any one supplier, and innovation has a real chance."[/url]
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