Here’s a screenshot from www.prefecturabrasov.ro, the official website of Brasov City Hall (prefecture), picturing the usage of Microsoft Word documents on a government scale.
It seems to me a bit peculiar that a government institute purchases proprietary software out of public budget money. I’ll take the opportunity to endorse some of the points Jim Willis advocated at the eLiberatica FLOSS conference. Here are a couple of slides:
“Government needs to get out of the business of trying to predict the applications that citizens want” – good one!
“Tax payers pay for the software“. Interesting… why pay when there’s a pretty decent, usable, FREE alternative out there?
I thought it would be a good idea to ask the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology or the Ministry of Interior and Administration Reform (since I’m not sure which one of them is responsible for this) to check out the Romanian OpenOffice.org project and train their employees into using OO, since all the documentation is free.
And if they really feel like buying something, than buy the Open Office CD.
Thank you Mr. Minister for considering my request.