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EURO2012 in Free Software – Look East!

The wiki pages for our little tournament have just been updated according to the latest results. Sorry for the delay, oher things pushed this task further down in my ToDo list, but now it’s done.

Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow (cc by-sa 2.0)

Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow (cc by-sa 2.0)

Since we have to wait until March 25, 2011 for any further updates, here are the current group leaders:

Group A Belgium
Group B Russia
Group C Italy
Group D France
Group E Netherlands
Group F Israel
Group G Switzerland
Group H Iceland
Group I Spain

So, these countries would be in the finals for sure if they manage to stay on top in their group.  Theoretically, every country is still able to make it, but it became pretty unlikely for Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cyprus, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Lithuania. These teams have not been able to gain one point yet. It’s remarkable that most of them are eastern European counties. Maybe news from these countries just don’t find their way to us or maybe there are more urgent issues to tackle so that Free Software adoption is not on the agenda yet.

Eastern European countries are especially noteworthy since we haven’t had a look at Poland and the Ukraine, because they are automatically qualified as hosts of the tournament. As of now, they don’t look too promising.

The biggest Eastern country though, is leading group B and by the way: Russa is the first government I see mentioning “independency” as the main reason for a planned migration to Free Software!  Most others only look for ways to save money, which is sad.