Public institutions should run open source software.

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Public institutions should run open source software.

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  • The money invested by public institutions in developing open source and free software will benefit taxpayers who can use the software themselves.

  • Efforts on major projects can share expertise and costs.publiccode.eu

  • All intellectual property should be publicly owned.

  • Open-source software uses open-source protocols and interfaces, which make it easier for other software to integrate and build upon it.

  • Using open source and free software instead of buying software licenses allows to save money.

  • It is very difficult to ensure that there are no foreign intelligence backdoors in closed source software. Open source is open for scrutiny

  • Quality of open source or free software code is better.

  • Open source allows many people to participate. Improving the code used by one's public institutions is a good way for a citizen to help their society and to strengthen their own ties to it.

  • Open source and free software is more flexible and can be adapted to the exact needs of public institutions.

  • Some organizations or companies do not want or cannot allow their trade secrets to be public.

  • Public institutions are supporting their local economy or the economy of partner states by buying proprietary software licenses.

  • Purchased software comes with official support and assistance from the creators of the software. This reduces risk and can lower IT costs.

  • Open source development will be difficult to implement efficiently in cases where software is used to handle sensitive data, such as tax and medical records

  • Some codes may be created for highly sensitive purposes, like cybersecurity or cyberwarfare, and releasing them may provide the other side with the code they need to work around.

  • Training staff on how to migrate to new software costs time and money.

  • Open source and free software projects can depend on their community and thus be less stable than proprietary projects.