Europe squares up to US in open source race
The digital race could be about who pushes the open source agenda first, which will have more direct benefits to a society growing more dependent on advances in software technology.
The European Commission came under pressure from MEPs recently when it attempted to renew a contract with Fujitsu for expensive Microsoft software, which will be used on 36,000 Commission-operated PCs, with a hefty bill of €48.9 million ($67.8 million). Many believe this is something that troubled Europe simply cannot afford.
The economic difficulties could benefit Europe in a different way, however, as it may drive widespread adoption of open source software.