All French government publications should use OpenDocument Format (ODF), a comprehensive report (PDF) commissioned by French prime minister Dominique de Villepin recommends. An article on InfoWorld mentions that the report also recommends a government research centre for open source security, and the creation of a system for government agencies - local & national - to exchange information in the use of open source software.
All informative, vital, and timely, and quite possibly the basis for legislation soon. In the past few years European governments have been taking some interest in these & related topics, and even some Asian & South Amercian countires have started taking action. This is in stark contrast to the deafening silence on similar issues from the Canadian government. Far from giving serious consideration to what is undoubtedly to become of utmost importanance in our society, there has been little action on everything from open source in government, open document formats, software monopolies, TPMs, software patents, and a number of other critical issues. Let's stop pulling our punches: Facing the reality of government inaction for years now - especially in comparison to other countries - shouldn't groups such as GOSLING fundamentally revise their approach to how they get results?