Newsforge is currently running my column Encouraging open code in public procurement policies. This could be the most important issue when it comes to the success of open code. However, you may not agree with me regarding the suggested solution to the "problem". Some argue that public money should always mean open code. I think one should choose the best solution at all times defined by a combination of price, performance, security, license terms, time of delivery, and quality. Sometimes this will mean a free software solution, sometimes open source and then again - sometimes proprietary solutions. The problem today is that open code doesn't stand a chance because of standard issues and the design of public procurement. Read the column for more thoughts no this important matter.