Summary: Hungary starts embracing more Free software, but Novell is a mismatch
THIS is not yet another report about Microsoft’s corruption in Hungary [1, 2, 3]. Hungary is actually beginning to soften (not Soften) and consider Free software. Mistakenly however, an official in Hungary lists Novell as a prime candidate, despite the fact that Novell — by its own admission — is merely a mixed source company. Here is the word from
realdeal.hu (small Hungarian press):
Under a general agreement on public procurement procedures, the same amount will be allocated for the acquisition of Microsoft and Novell products as for open source software, said Ferenc Baja. The sum available is 12 billion forints each, he added.
From Heise Online:
The Hungarian government has announced that it will be modifying procurement rules to allow open source to be used in public sector organisations. Previously, procurement rules had apparently named vendors such as Microsoft and Novell. The new rules, according to Ferenc Baja, deputy minister for information technology, will allocate the same amount of money to acquiring open source products as to proprietary products. The move was announced at a press conference on April 2nd.
This is said to be targeted at education. Some years ago, when Hungarian schools were bound to go GNU/Linux, Microsoft dumped Windows XP, Office XP, Front Page, Visual Studio, and BackOffice CAL to sabotage this plan, as revealed by its own confidential documents. The monopolist is likely to try this again, so it’s important to keep one's egg basket in check. █
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