“The Italian military is transitioning to LibreOffice and the Open Document Format (ODF). The Ministry of Defense will over the next year-and-a-half install this suite of office productivity tools on some 150,000 PC workstations – making it Europeâ€™s second largest LibreOffice implementation.”
See Italian military to switch to LibreOffice and ODFI’ve long recommended every individual and organization make Free/Libre Open Source Software the default choice. You can’t go wrong. If FLOSS passes muster, you have freedom and huge savings. The larger the organization, the more freedom and savings you get. The Italian military is huge and they will gain more freedom on 150K PCs. Imagine the savings on one machine multiplied that many times. Some folks have paid hundreds of dollars per installation for M$’s office suite. Now M$ is wanting folks to pay per user per month or some such nonsense to maximize their profit. Italy’s timing is great.
Unlike Munich which took ages to switch OS and office suite, Italy’s military has made a plan and will just do it. That’s the right way to do IT. Keep it simple and achieve the goal, freedom. I’d prefer overnight or a weekend, but the lock-in is palpable with the office suite. Anyway, the world has figured out how to do such changes nicely, with a bit of education of technical staff and users. Poof! Problem solved. Now, I hope Canadian governments read this and take it to heart. They still have trouble naming FLOSS let alone using it.
Some governments pay M$ tens of millions of dollars annually for permission to use the hardware they own. It’s refreshing to read of a government that’s actually going to do what’s in the best interest of citizens/taxpayers instead of propping up failing monopolists like M$. There are plenty of similar outfits sucking on the taxpayers and citizens of the world. Adobe, Oracle, and a host of others charge huge sums for use of software the world can and does provide itself: operating systems, office suites, graphics suites, multimedia applications, databases, servers, networking software… Governments are large enough they can instead hire a few of their own people to contribute to global FLOSS projects to provide themselves and their citizens with great software at less than the cost of production rather than a multiple. That’s the right way to do IT.