In the spirit of open government, France dumps 9,067 repos online to show off its FOSS credentials
Have a gander at la République's open-source inner workings
Le Gouvernement de la République française – the government of France for Anglophones – has published a website containing 9,067 repositories of FOSS software created by 1,022 organisations and groups in the French public sector.
After two years of work, the site hit version 1.0 on Wednesday.
Helpfully for non-Francophones, the homepage and much of the info is in English – although saying that, just to warn you, the same isn't true of all the background information and the various organisational pages we're about to link to.
The site is run by Etalab [Fr], which is a department of DINUM [Fr], the Interministerial Digital Directorate, and the software is released under Etalab's Open License 2.0 – defined in English in this PDF file.
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We're always glad to see more governmental openness. Officially the British government is fond of FOSS too, and has been for quite a while, although free-as-in-freedom doesn't mean it doesn't spend a fair whack of cash on the stuff.
It remains to be seen how much effect this will have, but if you want to get in touch, the project has a (fairly taciturn) Twitter account. ®