No Microsoft in Norway

Just yesterday the Norwegian government announced plans to move completely over to open source products in 2006. Instead of the typical Microsoft Office they'll be using open source file formats for all government activities.

Quotation by "Slashdot"

Been on TV writes 'The Norwegian Minister of Modernization today at a press conference in Oslo declared that proprietary formats will no longer be acceptable in communication with government. He also calls for all parts of government to have a plan ready by 2006 for use of open source solutions. Taking great care not to mention the name Microsoft directly, but rather referring to 'the spreadsheet almost everyone uses' or saying this is the last time I will present a plan for information technology being broadcast on the net in Windows Media, the Minister sent strong signals in the direction of Redmond to open up or become irrelevant to the Norwegian Government.

View the original Slashdot article (external link).

I'm glad to hear that a country's government is going to be using open source. From the perspective of a government leader I'd see how much money I could save if I didn't have to purchase tons of licenses for Microsoft Office. There are equivalent, free, open source products that will work fine and save you money.


  • only sometimes ^o)

    Posted by Matt Oakes (external link) on Wed 29 Jun 2005 at 7:34

  • When it comes to striking against corporations I think that Europeans know how to do it right.

    When it comes to dealing with war threats, well that's another story. big grin

    Posted by Ethan Poole (external link) on Thu 30 Jun 2005 at 8:39