French police move from Windows to Ubuntu Linux

7 10 2013

Summary: The big reason the French Gendarmerie made the Linux move? It saved them 40 percent in total cost of ownership over Windows.

There are many reasons to switch to a Linux desktop from Windows. Better security; not having to worry over possible built-in privacy leaks; and, last but never least, Linux is cheaper… a lot cheaper.
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That’s the big reason why the Gendarmerie, which with the Police Nationale, serves France as a national police force, has been slowly, but surely moving to a customized version of Ubuntu Linux, from Windows XP.

In an European Union report for government administrators, Major Stéphane Dumond of the French Home Office is reported to have said at the Evento Linux conference that, “Using an open-source desktop lowers the total cost of ownership (TCO) by 40 percent in savings on proprietary software licenses and by reducing costs on IT management. Using Ubuntu Linux massively reduces the number of local technical interventions.”

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Valencia region government completes switch to LibreOffice

24 08 2013

The administration of the Spanish autonomous region of Valencia has completed its switch to LibreOffice, a free and open source suite of office productivity applications. Last week Friday the region’s ICT department announced that the office suite is installed on all of the 120,000 desktop PCs of the administration, including schools and courts. The migration will save the government some 1.5 million euro per year on proprietary software licences.

Apart from economic benefits, the commitment to free and open source software brings other advantages, including having the solutions available in the Valencian language as well as in Spanish, and IT vendor independence, which encourages competition”, the ICT department’s Director General, Sofia Bellés, said in a statement. “We also have the freedom to modify and adapt the software to our every need.”

Director Bellés says that the Valencia region’s migration began in the second half of 2012. It has already helped to save 1.3 million euro that would otherwise have been spent on licences for a proprietary office suite. The switch is part of measures taken by the region’s council to reduce the cost of ICT, in particular by saving on proprietary software licences.

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“We want you to give us Open Source software, in fact we insist!”

22 02 2011

 

Cabinet Office lays down the open source law

Published 15:50, 22 February 11

Monday 21st February 2011 saw the first ‘Open Source System Integrators Forum’ held by the Cabinet Office and I’d like to share a few modest bits of news with you all…

Firstly, the occurrence of the event itself is news. The Cabinet Office assembled all the big System Integrators who make up the majority of UK Government and Public Sector IT spending, currently running between £16 billion to £21 billion every year.

The Message of the day was simple, and delivered with panache by Deputy Government CIO Bill McCluggage and other members of the Open Source team in the Cabinet Office (yes, that’s right – there is an Open Source team and a Director responsible for their plans). The message was “We want you to give us Open Source software, in fact we insist!”

E cá pelo burgo? quando vamos abrir os olhos?

Read the full article @ computerworlduk.com