Some people found what EU-Commissioner Reding had to say about the European Software Strategy:
believe that these are the necessary preconditions for the European
software industry to ride the rising wave of on-line software. But, the essential
point is that this shift to on-line software will change the way the software
business is done. It will place a new emphasis on open and interoperable
systems that can be upgraded and joined together in networks with other
systems. And, although there will always be a role for proprietary systems, I
believe that the on-line world will see a shift towards open standards and
indeed open source software in order to respond to this new paradigm.
These advantages are ones that give Europe its window of opportunity to
develop a leadership position in software. But this window is small and it will
soon be closed if we don’t act. I can illustrate this already. Even if 70% of
open source developers are European, 90% of the economic benefits are
being won by US companies.
My view is: If we have the brains, we should also get the gains!
That is why we need a European Strategy for Software and we need it now.
And this was November 19, 2007. I wonder if the windows is still open.