Government of Canada & Open Source

The Government has issued a Request For Information on open source software to assist it in developing guidelines related to the “planning, acquisition, use and disposal of No Charge Licensed Software (NCLS).”  The term NCLS is apparently intended to include all forms of software which is available without charge – from “true” open source software, freeware, shareware, to free proporietary downloads such as Adobe readers, iTunes, Google toolbars, etc.  The RFI closes February 19, 2009.

This obviously reflects the growing use of open source software within the public sector, and the need for consistent guidelines.  The guidelines, once developed, will likely be of interest to both public sector and private sector organizations.

Calgary –  09:30 MST

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