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[FYI] Commission initiatives on free software



CORDIS RTD-NEWS/ European Communities, 1999.  

Record Control Number: 14100  

Date: 1999-12-20  

Category: General policy  

General Information:  

The European Commission has taken a number of initiatives on free and 
open source software, in view of the growth of the free software 
phenomenon.  

The Information Society Directorate-General has created a working 
group on 'libre' software to analyse the free software 'phenomenon' 
with a view to creating a set of recommendations for the EU. The 
group comprises Commission representatives and experts from the free 
software arena. The current issue paper and a discussion mailing list 
can be found at: http://eu.conecta.it/. The group finalised a paper 
which was presented at the IST 99 conference, where a specific 
session on 'free software' was held.  

Open source software is listed in the 2000 IST programme's work 
programme as a major priority, and several action lines have been 
targeted to support its usage and development.  

The Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society, Erkki 
Liikanen, recently expressed his support for open source software 
solutions for security platforms at the ISSE'99 conference.  

Data Source Provider: I*M Europe  

Document Reference: Commission press release.  

Programme Acronym: FRAMEWORK 5C; IST  

Subject Index Codes: Information Processing, Information Systems  

                    Contact Person:

                    IST 99 website: http://www.ist99.fi/ 
                    Draft minutes of free software session: 

                    http://www.ist99.fi/programme/free.html