Those who know me well, know I’m no supporter of the European Union, and the direction it’s generally taking. Still, I will concede that sometimes, some of the mindless bureaucrats come out with a ‘good idea’.
Ministers responsible for telecommunications and Information Technology within the European Union have proposed that government agencies across Europe should buy non-proprietary software.
Like most corporations, Governments have generally bought software from the largest companies such as Microsoft. This can often mean that end users have to use compatible software to interact with such systems. One of the more common issues, is making it impossible to use a Government web site, perhaps to renew a licence or file a tax return online, unless using Internet Explorer.
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