It's clear we're no longer in, er, Canterbury when a Vice-President of the European Commission not only has a blog, but uses it to write about this:
I should have mentioned this yesterday, but was in Strasbourg for European Parliament debates and Jose Manuel Barrosso's State of the Union address.
We have great news: EU funded open source software can now be downloaded to preserve digital data for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years.
That is indeed great news. It helps preserve digital artefacts; it adds to the pot of open source software; and – perhaps most importantly in some ways – it shows that Neelie Kroes, a rather powerful lady at the heart of the European Commission machine, is not only aware of what is going on in parts of the open source world, but is aware that it is important enough for her to spend some of her valuable time blogging about it.
Maybe there's hope yet...