BG: Bulgaria to review its IT strategy, considers Open Source

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| The Bulgarian government organised a meeting with Open Source companies and
| developers on 21 March in Sofia. Nikolay Vassilev, the minister for State
| Administration, told the representatives of software companies, IT services
| companies and Open Source developers that the government is about to review
| the state's IT system and that it wants to get a better understanding of Open
| Source software. The minister admitted he had once worked with Apple
| Macintosh, but had in the last thirteen years only experienced Microsoft
| applications. He told the Open Source advocates he would listen to their
| views on IT: "We have an open mind and will accept reasonable propositions."


Bulgaria's open administration

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| In France, government agency ATICA has supported the use of open software in
| the French public sector. In a special report to the French prime minister,
| the agency provided an action plan and the requirements for open standards.
| One of the six priorities was the use of open software in the public
| administration. Denmark installed StarOffice in its education system, and in
| addition the program was installed in the homes of students. In Spain, the
| senate, the council for nuclear security, the interior ministry and the
| justice ministry have used server applications with open code. These
| examples, however, are only about separate public structures. * * * *

Sofia, Bulgaria: FLOSSWorld Workshop on Free and Open Source Software Policy

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| Professor Ivan Evgueniev at the Technical University of Sofia presented
| the FP6 Open Trusted Computing project, professor Vencislav Trifonov
| also at the Technical University of Sofia presented their e-learning
| system, Mircho Mirev elaborated the activities of the Bulgarian free
| and open source software community through the Linux for Bulgarians
| portal with over 5.000 hits per day.

President praises Open Source conference in Sofia

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| Topics include a presentation on how to configure a thin client
| infrastructure using the Linux Terminal Server Project, an outline on FreeBSD
| and its new network and transport protocols and a discussion on the uses of
| the Cluster File system. *

European spend on open source software hits 22 billion Euros

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| Rishab Ghosh, a senior researcher at the UN University in Maastricht,
| will tell the Open Ireland conference in Dublin that the spend in the
| US on free/libre or open source software (FLOSS) stands at 36bn
| Euros and accounts for 20pc of software spend in the US.