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Norway to Fund Open Source Implementation

The government of Norway has committed $285,000 to encourage and implement in government offices, reports OStatic:

“Minister of Government Adminstration and Reform Heidi Grande Roeys is granting 2 million kroner ($285,000) to the national center for free software, and the terms of the deal are interesting. Instead of general promotion of open source software, the funds are specifically earmarked for adopting and promoting use of the OpenOffice suite of productivity applications in government offices.”

The longterm goal is to increase competition in the office productivity suite space. This grant’s purpose is to fill the gaps in connecting OOo with third-party applications, so that it can compete head-to-head with the Norwegian government’s current deployment of Microsoft Office. Further, by displacing the need to purchase as many licenses for MS Office, this grant will pay for itself in a short time.

One Response to “Norway to Fund Open Source Implementation”

  1. DCKAP Says:
    September 11th, 2009 at 5:26 am

    Its great.. Funding will help to develop more technology…