Dutch government hands over education's keys to Microsoft

simo idra at samba.org
Mon Nov 7 14:23:04 UTC 2011

On Mon, 2011-11-07 at 10:52 +0100, Matthias Kirschner wrote: 
> We started a campaign in the Netherlands:
>   The Dutch government wants to tie the country's schools to a single
>   software vendor for years to come. Dutch students using Free Software
>   or devices without Silverlight-support will find themselves locked out
>   of schools' online systems due to the use of proprietary technology
>   and closed standards. Marja Bijsterveldt, the secretary of education,
>   recently said that she is unwilling to enforce the Dutch government's
>   own Open Standards policy on educational institutions. Instead, the
>   government will accept long-term vendor lock-in of educational
>   institutions. 
> Full PR: https://fsfe.org/news/2011/news-20111107-01.en.html
> Campaign page: https://fsfe.org/campaigns/nledu/nledu.en.html
> Regards,
> Matthias

Wow, hugely smart move given Microsoft itself basically said Silverlight
is a dead platfrom ...


Simo Sorce
Samba Team GPL Compliance Officer <simo at samba.org>
Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat, Inc. <simo at redhat.com>

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