openSUSE rarely involves itself in political or broad advocacy
campaigns, but the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) have today
launched a campaign which the openSUSE Board collectively feel very
passionately about, and so we have pledged our support to their
"Public Money, Public Code" campaign.
The premise is nice & simple, that software developed and purchased
using tax payers money should be "Public Code", as in covered under an
Open Source license.
If such a premise were to become policy of governments within Europe,
this would bring clear benefits not only in the technical terms of
accelerating the pace of innovation & simplifying discovery of
security problems, but also in the financial aspect of saving
If you feel the same way I'd like to encourage you to sign the open letter at
Anything you can do to help spread the word and encourage support for
this campaign would be greatly appreciated.
The website also serves as a good source of additional information;
There is also this press release:
Spiegel Online also have an article (German only):
The campaign was also mentioned at oSC 17 earlier this year:
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