First migration of a Greek Public Organization to Free Software

The Musical Studies Department (MSD) of the Ionian University in Corfu has recently taken the initiative to become the first ever Public Organization and educational Institution in Greece that officially embraces Free and Open Source Software in its infrastructure.

The project of migration of the MSD to open software applications was run after a decision of the Department’s General Assembly and consists of three levels:

  • The use of Free and Open Source applications at the department and the use of Open Document Formats as the official type of documents,
  • The migration of the operating system of the department’s personal computers to Ubuntu Linux, and
  • Educational seminars for the scientific personnel.

The action is taking place with the support of the Association of Greek Users and Friends of Free Software / Open Source Software, which is an Affiliate Organization of the Free Software Foundation, Europe and Master Affiliate of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) in Greece.

Yiannis Toulis, the professor directing the project stated:

“We believe that the use of Free / Open Source Software will help the Department correspond more effectively to the rising needs of the present and the future and to rationalize the amounts of money spent for software and support. The help of the Association of Greek Users and Friends of Free Software / Open Source Software is essential for the success of this project.”

Ioakim Tellidis, the president of the Association of Greek Users and Friends of Free Software / Open Source Software added:

“We are at the disposal of the Department of Musical Studies but also of the Ionian University, or any other University, in order to implement Free / Open Source solutions that can help the academic institutions. We are also available as an LPI Master Affiliate to cooperate on GNU/Linux certifications and the spreading of professional knowledge to tomorrow’s labour force.”

The Association, known also as Greek Linux User Group, runs a variety of educational activities which include co-operation with academic institutions, schools but also the donation of hardware to non-profit organisations such as orphanages and unions of disabled persons. Founded in 2009, it has successful presence all over Greece and is on the front line of the advocacy for Free Software and Open Standards.

This article was first published on Open Source Observatory & Repository Europe.

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