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We’re all going on a European tourMatthew Aslett, June 6, 2008 @ 5:50 am ET
It may not mean much to those of you in North America, but the EURO 2008 European football championship starts this weekend. Despite (or perhaps because of) England’s shambolic failure to qualify, I’m looking forward to an intriguing tournament that could be won by a number of teams, and hopefully a summer of memorable matches.
The event also provides me with an excuse to do something I’ve meant to do for some time: embark on a virtual tour of Europe to assess the adoption of open source software across the continent.
Over the next three weeks I’ll be taking a quick look at open source projects and policies in the 16 nations that are competing in EURO 2008 while trying to avoid too much national stereotyping, starting later today with co-hosts Switzerland. Just for fun, I’ll also be comparing the adoption of open source and crowning a 2008 Tour of Europe Open Source Champion on June 30. The full list of teams is as follows:
That means there are a number of nations, such as the UK, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Ireland and Denmark, that will not get a chance to be crowned Open Source Champion, but that serves them right for not having decent football teams. In the interests of fairness, I’ll also take a quick look at open source adoption in these nations after the event.
As for the football, there is no clear favourite, but current world champions Italy will be hard to beat assuming they are one of the two teams that escape from Group C. Otherwise France, The Netherlands, Germany and Spain should be there or thereabouts, while Greece proved in 2004 that the tournament often throws up some surprises.
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