ďA substantial number of civil servants could generate the same output using open source software and open document formats, instead of proprietary software like Microsoft Office.”Act isnít the only political party to call for government to consider using more open source software. It is also Green Party policy.
ďWhile the NZOSS is gratified to see Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) being advocated by the Act Party (and the Greens have similarly advocated it for at least the past decade) we think that FOSS sells itself if the playing field is level. At present it is not.ĒGood point. Formally mandating open standards for government apps would help level the playing field.