Swiss City Mandates Use Of Open Source, Banishes Microsoft Officially


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In an overwhelming majority vote, the city council in Bern, Switzerland has moved to implement all future infrastructure with open source technologies.  The “Party Motion”, as it is called in Switzerland, was submitted over a year ago, and has finally been realized.  Plans to move forward with open source design, strategy and implementation should begin immediately.

The party motion called for the following bullet-points.  These have been translated via Google Translate from German, so please consider that as you read them.

  • Development of an open source development strategy provides for that as a rule in all future procurements operating system and browser-independent solutions are chosen, will be announced in public tenders as product and vendor neutral and explicitly open source solutions are accepted with equivalent functional properties and similar cost structures, the open source version is preferred and specially developed software or on a contract code under an open source license is released.
  • Active implementation of the open source development strategy by in computer science services, a competence center open source is created using knowledge building will experience using open source technologies gained through pilot projects and studies new areas of open source solutions are identified and adequate finances for the implementation measures are provided.
  • National and international network of computer science services in bodies that work together for the promotion and government cooperation in the field of open source.
  • In education, promote the use of and the transition to open source software with targeted support and train teachers with information and training measures on open source software.

The final council vote ended at 36 for and 20 opposed, effectively changing the technological landscape, and skilled workforce needs, in Bern forever.  Now the only question left is what soft of software will they be using?  What desktop environment will be used on workstations?  We would venture a guess at KDE, which is not exactly an educated guess but more of an acknowledgement of their German heritage and native tongue.

Source | Digital Sustainability Blog

Via | Muktware


About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
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  • Steve Markowski

    Excellent choice

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  • Rob Cenname

    This is great news. I wish they would do this in more cities. It is just painful to know that all of these places are hurting financially, and just throwing away so much on propietary software licences. Save money, do the same job, and increase your workforce.

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  • G_A

    “We would venture a guess at KDE, which is not exactly an educated guess
    but more of an acknowledgement of their German heritage and native
    tongue.” I wold guess the same, but based mostly on the fact that it is Windows-conversion-friendly, when you consider the (hopefully huge) amount of official workers that will make the switch from Windows in the next upgrade cycle. Gnome and especially Unity have no place in such a conversion setting. Although LXDE might be more than sufficient and very resource friendly, while still containing the necessary features you’d need if you set it up after your needs – which isn’t much job to do once for some thousands machines. You have to do quite a bit o tweaking of KDE to have it usable in such a setting too, the standard settings for KMail t.ex. are horrible, not to mention in violation of accepted standards (IMAP folder handling).

    It’s sad, though, that there still isn’t a solution for open standard documents on mobile platform. his has caused a need for some to standardize on docx etc. instead of open document formats, or always send out a separate copy in .doc or .docx. But only expanded use of these formats in businesses and public sector can change this, so I welcome anyone going for open document standards.

  • Aaron Wolf

    WOOHOO! The best part is: this sort of thing isn’t just nice because it is a good precedent. Bern going FLOSS literally means more funding and development for FLOSS for everyone! That’s how this works! It’s not zero-sum. WONDERFUL NEWS

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