LocalGroups/BNL/NL/History

History of Free Software in the Netherlands

This page is in English on purpose, to enable as many people to read it. Translations are welcome and can be offered on a /<language> page, like /nl /de /fr.

The Netherlands has a long running history of Free Software and related subjects. Still the adoption of Free Software by the government is lacking as this page shows. This page focusses on the public sector for which the efforts have been well documented.

1977

1977 Start of Hobby Computer Club (HCC)

1978

1979

1979 Opening of Computer Collectief (ComCol) store

1980

1981

1982

1982 Creation of NLnet

1983

1983 Start of Netherlands Local Unix User Group (NLUUG)

1984

1985

1985 Start of Microcomputer Club Nederland ?

1985 Start of AT Computing

1986

1987

1987 First release of MINIX

1988

1988 First release of Vim

1989

1989 Start of NLnet foundation

1989 Start of magazine Hack-Tic

1990

1991

1991 First release of Python

1992

1993

1994

1994 Start of Community internet project De Digitale Stad

1994 Start of ISP XS4ALL

1994 Start of Maatschappij voor Oude en Nieuwe Media (now: Waag Society)

1995

1995 Start of Webwereld

1996

1996 Creation of NL Linux User Group (NLLGG)

1997

1997 Start of NLnet Foundation

1998

1998 First release of Postfix

1998-09 Start of Tweakers.net

1999

1999 Question PM Lambrechts

2000

2000 Start of Bits of Freedom

2001

2002

2002 Start of Blender Foundation

Community project around the 3D engine to buy the source code after bankruptcy.

2002-08 association of municipalities warns about lock-in with software vendors

2002-11 Motion by PM Vendrik

2003

2003 Start program OS&OSS

2004

2004 Questions to the minister

2005

2005 Release of Eekboek accounting software

2006

2006-03 Start of College for standardization and Forum standardization

2006 Continuation of OS&OSS program under a new name: OSOSS

2007

2007-03 Rejected motion by Aptroot and Vendrik

2008

2008-01 Start actionplan Nederland Open in Verbinding (NOiV)

2008-11 Enforcement of new instruction for procurement of ICT services or products

2009

2009-01 First progress report of NOiV

2009-06 First ODF plugfest in Royal library in The Hague

2010

2010 Start of Linux Magazine

2010-05 Motion Gerkens for a research by the Court of Audits

2010-07 Second progress report NOiV

2011

2011 ? Start of BNL

2011-03-15 Report open standards by the Court of Audits

2011-11 7th ODF plugfest in library in Gouda

2012

2012 Start of parliamentary inquiry into ICT projects at the government

2012 Start of Internet4All foundation

To further projects relating to internet.

2013

2013-01 Start of Fairphone

2013-10 New coordinators for FSFE BNL

2014

2014-01-21 News article on free software adoption by City of Ede

2014-10-15 Report by parliamentary inquiry committee ICT

2014 Grid operator Alliander publishes Open Smart Grid Platform

2015

2015-03-06 Launch of CodeForNL foundation

2015-10 11th ODF plugfest in Royal library in The Hague

2015 Motion Oosenbrug and Gesthuizen

2015 Start of Bureau for ICT review (BIT)

2016

2016 Launch of IRMA project

Project originating from the Radboud University of Nijmegen to provide a better means for authentication. Later the Privacy by Design foundation was created to support this effort.

2016 Launch of PDOK geodata service

2016-08 DUO and municipality Ede want to move away from Oracle databases

2016-09 Dutch tax office looking for Linux-on-mainframe supplier

2016-12 Article about governmental data centre software

2017

2017 Start of Foundation for Public Code

2017-03 Start rollout DWR-Next government desktop environment

https://www.rijksictdashboard.nl/projecten/415438

2017-04 Europe is dependent on Microsoft

2017-04-18 Studygroup advise to speed up government digitization

2017-05 Government publication on current state

2017-07 Government pulls the plug on citizen administration system

2017-08-16 National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) tool for cleaning network traces

2017-09-01 Consultation for changing market regulations

2017-10 Gartner research Open Source Software publication

2017-12 Budget debate 2018

Vraag van Verhoeven tijdens de begrotingsbehandeling Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties van 16 november 2017 (Handelingen II 2017/18, nr. 23, item 6, 9 en 12).

2018

2019

2019 Electrical grid operators Tennet and Alliander join Linux Foundation Energy

https://www.lfenergy.org/

2019 Creation of Freedom ISP after battle over XS4ALL brand

2020

2020-04 Corona apps

Government wanting to have a variety of apps for dealing with the Corona virus. Initially the requirement was public source code (no free license required) assuming vendors had working solutions. As it turned out the solutions were not ready, the health Minister set Open Source as an additional requirement going forward.

2020-04 Open Source by default letter

Letter by the minister of internal affairs to the Parliament.

More research needed

Placeholder for some items that are prominent part of the Free Software history but cannot be placed on a timeline.

Glossary

Dutch

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Algemene Rekenkamer

Court of Audit

LocalGroups/BNL/NL/History (last edited 2020-05-11 06:27:37 by nico.rikken)