With its financing of a study on open source software, published in November by UNU-MERIT, a joint research centre of United Nations University (UNU) and University of Maastricht, the European Commission failed to observe neutrality' on software development, alleges the Initiative for Software Choice. ISC is a coalition of companies led by CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) that claims to defend the interests of some 20,000 small and medium-sized ICT firms based in around 100 countries, but also those of Microsoft. In a letter made public on 18 January, the ISC urges the Commission to reiterate its technological neutrality'.

"Does this study represent a new policy of preference for open source software," queries ISC. "The Commission's silence on this matter sounds deafening," it continues. ISC Director Hugo Lueders maintains that the preferential policies outlined in the report limit...

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