The best alternative
We are enthusiastic about the development and usage of open source software. There is however an alternative that is even better against vendor lock-in and that is the usage of standards.
De facto standard
The .doc format from Microsoft Word is a nice example of a closed but de facto standard. The community from Open Office and Google for Google docs have given their software the import and export facility to this format. In practice it seems that from open towards open, as from open towards closed goes well. From closed to open does not work in most cases, which is probably exact as it is meant (not) to work.
The .odt is the open standard for document files (almost as OOXML, read more about this Microsoft intrige or the lie that is open) but has a small user community and is therefore less useful in daily practice. It is obvious, but with this example we explain that a standard only adds values when also others adapt it as a standard.
Our expectation is that the government will take a larger role in the persuasion to level usage of standards by software vendors. In the Netherlands there is the NOiV that informs governments and companies about the advantages of open source and the usage of open standards.
Manifest Open Standards
Opensapiens is committed to the Dutch Leveranciers Manifest Open Standards from NOiV (Nederland Open in Verbinding).