Bologna achieves vendor independence for its office applications

OSOR The administration of the Italian city of Bologna has almost completed its move to OpenOffice. Most of the 3600 PCs now run this open source suite of office applications. The administration is planning to move more applications to open source, aiming to become less dependent on specific IT vendors.

This municipality started its first open source pilot in 2004. It now plans to include free and open source software in all parts of its IT infrastructure, and says this will result in significant cost savings.

“We spent 570,000 euro on proprietary office licences in 2006. Next year, however, we expect to save some 160,000 euro “, says Massimo Carnevali, IT manager of the municipality.

Carnevali was one of the speakers at the LinuxDay conference in Bologna on 26 October. He also presented at the OpenOffice conference in Orvieto last month.

In both presentations, he outlined Bologna’s free and open source strategy. Apart from vendor independence and cost savings, the important goals are to increase cooperation with other public administrations, to reuse software that is developed by other public bodies and to make sure the municipality’s data will always be accessible by moving to open document standards. Continue reading at Open Source Observatory & Repository Europe.

Related Posts

Mozilla to sell ads in Firefox browser via the Directory Tiles program Mozilla has plans to start showing ads to first-time users of the Firefox browser. For the target group of users, the ads will appear alongside other ...
Hardware Encryption Developed for New Computer Memory Technology Security concerns are one of the key obstacles to the adoption of new non-volatile main memory (NVMM) technology in next-generation computers, which w...
Security and Privacy Issues in the PDF Document Format UPM Facultad de Informática researchers compile information on security and privacy for authors or readers of PDF documents, the most popular format f...
After a “legal spat” with Pocket, Poche has been renamed to Wallabag Poche has been renamed to Wallabag. If Poche is a new on one you, it is an Open Source read-later application competing with non-free versions like...
NVIDIA SHIELD: Android game console, with Tegra 4 inside It's been in beta mode since it was announced back in January, but now, the NVIDIA SHIELD is ready for prime time. Or at least, you can pre-order it n...
For an editor, Atom uses way too much RAM For some time now I've been using Atom as a replacement for Kate, KWrite and GEdit, depending on the desktop environment I'm using. That's because...

We Recommend These Vendors and Free Offers

Launch an SSD VPS in Europe, USA, Asia & Australia on Vultr's KVM-based Cloud platform starting at $5:00/month (15 GB SSD, 768 MB of RAM).

Deploy an SSD Cloud server in 55 seconds on DigitalOcean. Built for developers and starting at $5:00/month (20 GB SSD, 512 MB of RAM).

Want to become an expert ethical hacker and penetration tester? Request your free video training course of Online Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Whether you're new to Linux or are a Linux guru, you can learn a lot more about the Linux kernel by requesting your free ebook of Linux Kernel In A Nutshell.


2 Comments

  1. Pingback: Computer Internet and Technology Articles. » Blog Archive » Bologna achieves vendor independence for its office applications …

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*