Congress approves bill favoring open source software for public tenders

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The labor, administration and public services committee of Brazil's lower house has approved a bill that aims to favor use of free and open source software in public contracts, local news source TI Inside reported.

The bill now heads to the constitutional and justice committee for final approval.

Under the new proposed regulations, proprietary software will only be preferred when open source software is not compatible or suitable. In such cases, total costs will be taken into account, including installation, licensing and technical support.

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According to the government, adopting open source software in the public sector will help to increase the national computing equipment industry's competitiveness and to reduce public spending on software licenses.