South Tyrol to increase use of free software
The government of the South Tyrol province in Italy will increasingly turn to ICT solutions based on free and open source, Governer Arno Kompatscher announced on Tuesday. The province will use this type of software "where possible", and expects the move to save about a million euro per year.
In June of last year, the province decided to use Libreoffice, an open source suite of office productivity tools, on its 7000 desktop PCs, replacing a ubiquitous proprietary alternative. This switch, which will take 3 years, is expected to help save 600,000 euro that otherwise would have been spent on proprietary software licences.