The Government of Iceland has started a one-year migration plan for all its public offices. As part of this plan, all public administration will be moved to use open source software in their daily operations. This includes all the ministries, the national hospital and the capital city of Reykjavik. A popular software programmer and OSS enthusiast from Iceland named Tryggvi Björgvinsson is heading the migration project.
The statement from the Prime Minister’s Office reads,
The government of Iceland has agreed on a policy regarding free and open-source software. The policy states, among other things, that when purchasing new software, free and open-source software and proprietary software are to be considered on an equal footing, with the object of always selecting the most favorable purchase.
The document [PDF link] highlights the open source policy of the Icelandic Government mentions five important points. The most important of these decisions is that there will be no discrimination between free and open source software and proprietary software when making new software purchases. The policy also promotes the use of FOSS in education.
With this migration, Iceland will join an array of countries in the Europe, which are saving considerable government budgets spent on proprietary IT solutions. It will also boost the development of selected projects and increase their credibility. Nonetheless, the use of Open Source in Governments also bolsters existing FOSS projects and encourages a healthy and competitive ecosystem.