The trend towards the growing importance of open source at all levels of public institutions continues to grow. The European Commission has clearly positioned itself in its recently published Open Source Strategy 2020-2023.
Open source strengthens Europe’s leading technological position, economic power and digital autonomy. The most important reasons for this are explicitly mentioned by the Commission as the independence from certain providers given by the openness of Open Source, as well as the ability to reuse code, to innovate step by step and to increase security. This is also a clear statement against the hermetic black box approach of closed source solutions.
For Andrea Wörrlein, managing director of VNC, open source is therefore also set within the commission. She outed herself as an “enthusiastic user and editor of free and open source software” that is already running in the data centers and on many online services and the vast majority of the Commission’s websites. At the same time, it relies on the »transformative, innovative and cooperative effectiveness of open source solutions« for the further development of the European software industry.
Digital sovereignty with open source is formulated as a goal not only at the highest European level, but also at the municipal level. In Munich, new individual software is to be developed on an open source basis, an open source hub set up and a Munich open source sabbatical offered. Such initiatives are striking pieces of the puzzle in an increasingly clearer picture: closed source is an obsolete model, the future belongs to open source.
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