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Today competition is distorted and markets do not properly decide about the winners if competition is distorted. There is a risk that de facto standards from dominant players will design the future. Some key vendors resist the OSS wave and they may try to lock out OSS on some markets. Whatever the kind of IPRs, the respect of competition is extremely important. To restore competition, OSS is an appropriate remedy. But to keep the competitive tension, the OSS model must be sustainable in the medium and long term.

The reasons why governments should use OSS are very pragmatic (efficiency, cost savings) and similar to the reasons why private firms, from SMEs to multinationals adopt it. Some institutional arrangements (law) may be necessary to encourage the reuse of OSS among public entities. Beyond the use and in order not the fall behind what the industry is doing, governments should create their software using open source toolkits. Finally, the main reason for Governments to invest in OSS is to benefit from the process innovation and the challenge is to open wide what we mean by innovation. Some firms embrace the OSS model, not the software, to support process and user-driven innovations.

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