Norwegian Minister for Modernization Morton Andreas Meyer is asking all government institutions in the sparsely populated Nordic country to have a plan in place for the use of open-source software by the end of 2006.
Microsoft Corp. has been moving quietly but diligently in recent months to bolster its sales efforts in Germany's huge public sector market where open source software, particularly the Linux operating system, is becoming increasingly popular.
Nine German cities in the state of Rheinland Pfalz are in advanced talks to replace many, if not all, of their Microsoft Corp. software products with open-source alternatives, particularly the Linux operating system.
The SCO Group Inc. is zero for two in its efforts to prove that its Unix software was illegally copied into the Linux operating system, according to Linux advocate Bruce Perens, who on Wednesday said he traced a second example of SCO's disputed code and that it was lawfully included in Linux.
Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior is developing a list of guidelines for federal, state and local governments as well as other public sector agencies interested in migrating their computer systems to open source software, including the Linux operating system.