LXer: Cash for software clunkers? No, thanks, unless it promotes Free formats and sof
Published at LXer:
The Italian ICT industry is in dire straits. In order to save it, Assinform (association of the bigger Italian ICT companies, whose members include Microsoft Italy and many other multinationals) just proposed a public incentives program to "finance the replacement of obsolete software with advanced applications made to order for the actual needs of the "Made in Italy" companies" No, thanks. Unless you do it in a way that does bring lots of work to Italian programmers and make their customers and all taxpayers save much more money than any other incentive program: mandating the adoption of non proprietary formats and protocols.
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