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Government of Quebec passes historic motion to promote adoption of Free Software



Last Tuesday, the Quebec National Assembly adopted unanimously a motion welcoming any initiative supporting the dissemination and publishing of free software in Quebec. This motion also encourages the Government to continue its efforts to promote the adoption of free software by government ministries and agencies.

President of the Treasury Board Stéphane Bédard presents the motion at the National AssemblyLargely in part to the long term efforts of our president, free software evangelist Cyrille Béraud who tirelessly promotes and educates on the maturity and advantages of open source, the motion is the first of its kind which helps to raise the profile and acceptability of open source.

A recent research paper published by the Institute for Socio-Economic Research and information (IRIS) states that the Quebec government could as an example save $265 Million per year in license costing if the movement to open source was made, article found here.

So we now see the narrowing of the gap in enterprise software toward open source which will no doubt pinch the pockets of proprietary software sales in the short term and push open source adoption in the medium term.

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