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Europe squares up to US in open source race

TechEye -The US's opensource policies might be left in the dark if Ministers of the European Parliament (MEPs) get what they want, which is to make Europe the global leader for open source software. 

The digital race could be about who pushes the open source agenda first, which will have more direct benefits to a society growing more dependent on advances in software technology.

The European Commission came under pressure from MEPs recently when it attempted to renew a contract with Fujitsu for expensive Microsoft software, which will be used on 36,000 Commission-operated PCs, with a hefty bill of €48.9 million ($67.8 million). Many believe this is something that troubled Europe simply cannot afford.

The economic difficulties could benefit Europe in a different way, however, as it may drive widespread adoption of open source software.