Chuckle. The naysayers still blather on but folks who actually dip their toes in the water or plunge right in“â€œWe gradually introduced new open source solutions over the past five yearsâ€, explains Mihai, â€œand discovered that we gained much more than saving costs.â€
.Compared to proprietary solutions, free software is fast to implement, allowing the IT department an agile and immediate response to new or changing IT demands. â€œIt is also a way for the city to support local ICT service providersâ€, he says. It explains why Limerick made the open approach a core principle for its government services model.” find FLOSS is the right way to do IT. It’s flexible, fast, easy, cheap, and reliable. Just do it.
Another quote, sweet enough to bring tears to my eyes:
“Open source, open data and open standards allow a municipality to unlock a potential that has been chained by proprietary IT for far too long. It is the only serious enabler of digital transformation.”
If you want to try FLOSS, a great place to start is the Debian organization. They package ~40K software packages of all kinds that work for you.