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Using Open Source Software is not only a strategic decision (independence from supplier restrictions, quick response to security issues, flexible operation, dynamic developer teams).
Also monetary consideration plays a decisive role (saving of expenses when using free of cost licenses, free updates and patches).
Last but not least Open Source is a social determination (liberal license policy, high value and free accessible documentations, prompt and free support by the "Open Source Community").
Not just, but particularly for developing countries these are convincing arguments.
See our Discussion Paper
See Free Software Foundation Europe's Public Money? Public Code! Modernising Public Infrastructure with Free Software
Sustainable development for us is more than idle talk used as an empty phrase in projects. Using the term in an excessive and inapt way indeed spreads the word, but at the same time it dilutes meaning and concept.
Sustainability (sustainabledevelopment.un.org) is more than sole technical longevity.
Bearing solutions, in means of economic, social and ecological persistence, presume sensible planning and participation of stakeholders.
That is why we are involved here
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Digitalization and Sustainability
We support the demands formulated by Bits & Bäume
Emergency measures for environmental protection
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