‘Open source software is everywhere in the offices of Udine’s administration. The vast majority of servers in use at Udine, 96 per cent, use either the Red Hat or Debian Linux distribution. Postgresql is the default relational database management system. On the desktops, the city officials find OpenOffice alongside the ubiquitous proprietary office tools. "There are still some constraints that force us to use proprietary software here", says Antonio Scaramuzzi, head of the IT department. "But we’re planning to migrate the desktops to an open source based virtualisation platform."’
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This is yet another example of a city thriving on FLOSS (Munich, Largo, Extremadura). Even a small city with 100K residents can manage to do it. What’s holding back the rest of them? Lock-in. M$ has conspired with OEMs, ISVs and retailers to keep the world dependent on Wintel. That cannot end too soon. When everyone is free to choose what works for them based on price/performance the world will be a better place. At the rate M$ is losing share and OEMs are racing to production of tablets not running that other OS, the world will be a better place in a couple of years. 2011 was a big improvement. 2012 was huge. It looks like the dam bursts in 2013.