Romania to recommend open source "wherever appropriate"
Romania's minister for Communication and Information Society, Valerian Vreme, said at a conference in Bucharest that the country's public authorities should "use free and open source systems, such as Linux, when a mature evaluation shows it is the proper solution". According to a report at OSOR.EU, Vreme said he would not support a law which required institutions to use open source, as the job of the ministry was to present the pros and cons of a product and its alternatives.
Vreme called on Romanian IT providers who use free and open source software to make projects relevant and accessible to the public administration by making them available at the national Applications Library – a software repository run by the government's Institute of Informatics. The conference was organised by Romanian IT news publisher Agora and drew around eighty attendees who heard Vreme's plans, including a pledge of support to organisers of conferences on Linux and other free and open source software.