Under a new Dutch law, the Dutch government must start using open source software by April 2008. In addition to the greater security and resistance obsolescence, open source software could save the Dutch government as much at $8.8 million per year on city housing registers alone.

Meanwhile, Microsoft chimes in about its race “to achieve ‘open source’ certification for its Open Office XML standard” (read: buying off everyone it can, and still failing). The company also says “We think it’s not in the best interest of the wider software market to single out one model for endorsement like this,” he said. One model? Open source is many models, one standard. Microsoft is just as quick to suggest its own, proprietary standard–one model–to replace the freer open source software.

Cheers to the Netherlands for leading the way into the future!

[via CL&P Blog]

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