“the city has replaced more and more costly proprietary software solutions by open source alternatives, gaining substantial savings, says Raitis Roze, deputy director at the city’s IT department. “We also implemented open source IT management tools, enabling us to manage a complex system with a relatively small IT staff.”
The city administration has been using free and open source software solutions since 2009. The open source policy is fully supported by the town’s politicians, “The biggest challenge is changing user habits when switching to a new e-mail system, changing the work domain, or replacing the document management solution,” says Roze, “However, over time, staff members get accustomed to the changes.”
See Latvian Ventspils controls costs with open sourceChuckle. While Munich anguishes over considering returning to slavery, Ventspils relishes the freedom of Free/Libre Open Source software. How deniers of Software Freedom have to twist themselves into knots to deny the benefits of FLOSS. Amazing.
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