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Icelandic Government Looks To Open Source With Public Institutions

Iceland is emerging from a huge financial crisis, but the country's government certainly has some novel thoughts on how to restructure in the wake of fiscal disaster.

The latest proposed scheme comes in the form of pushing the use of open source software with Iceland's biggest public institutions; namely, the ministries, the city of Reykjavik and the National Hospital.

The Next Web reports that Tryggvi Björgvinsson is the head of the project, but he will first be assessing the maturity and functionality of open source alternatives to proprietary software before further moves are made.

However, some public institutions have already begun the migration to open source over the last few years, with five out of thirty-two Icelandic secondary schools already using free software. The cost benefits are obvious, of course, providing the software is up to scratch and doesn't cause the loss of money as a side-effect.

Björgvinsson noted: "We are also making sure that in our public schools, the national curricula does not restrict the use of free and open source software. The country-wide migration project will build upon their experience and hopefully pave the way for other institutions to follow."

The future for Iceland's institutions, then, would seem to be an open source one wherever possible.

In a separate note, the Prime Minister's Office said it had agreed on a policy regarding free software, and that it should be considered on an equal footing to proprietary software.