Open Source software, or more specifically, the ideals behind it go far beyond Mageia or the wider GNU/Linux Community. Being a part of this is something that Mageia has always been very proud of, and when possible, we have given back to, or helped raise awareness of projects that have similar ideals to our own. So with that in mind, we are very happy to give our full support to the Public Money, Public Code campaign launched by the Free Software Foundation Europe.
The campaign aims to require all code written with public funding for the public sector to be under an open source license. Full details and a video detailing the goals and how they hope to achieve them can be seen on the campaign’s website.
In the week since the campaign launched, many Open Source projects have put their names behind the cause, it is very heartening to see Mageia listed with other Distributions such as Debian, Gentoo and OpenSUSE as well as big projects like GNOME, LibreOffice and KDE. There are also numerous other Linux publications and groups in the list of supporting organisations which is great to see.
We hope that this campaign gains the traction that it deserves and brings about the legislative changes needed to ensure that the public money leads to public code and the plethora of benefits that that would bring.