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European Union To Increase Support For Open Source Movement

While delivering a speech at an Open Forum Europe event, European commissioner Neelie Kroes suggested that availability of open alternatives in the field of technology should be encouraged so that no company or citizen is compelled to access government information through the technology of a particular company.

Kroes does not want the commission to be trapped by any particular vendor.

The commissioner proclaimed that though the new technology is aimed at attacking the monopoly of a particular technology company, but it will not compromise with the standards.

The basic idea is to refute closed standards and becoming enslaved by a particular technology or company.

Some time back also, the European Union took the same task on the new technology thereby pushing Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), due to which Europeans switched to cell phones more rapidly than the US citizen.

Kores also said that for all future procurements procedures and IT developments, it is important for the European Union to support open source products and well maintained standards.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.