Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Amsterdam: Decision on open source in December

17 September 2007 - All government agencies must change to open source software, the national government says in an action plan presented today. Amsterdam is already testing such software and will decide on whether to renew its Microsoft contract in December.

By changing to open source software, the municipality wants to reduce its dependence on companies such as Microsoft, while strengthening Amsterdam’s image as an ‘ICT city’. Open source software is currently being tested by the Zeeburg district and by the Housing Department. The outcome of the pilot will be discussed by the city council on 19 December.

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