“The council of the Swiss capital of Bern on 12 November ordered the IT department to end its dependence on proprietary software. The council halved the city request for a six-year licence contract, and insisted on an exit plan. A majority of councillors wants the city to replace proprietary software by open source solutions, such as Linux and LibreOffice.”
See Bern council demands transition to open sourceI’d like to think IT departments are run by rational people who could choose and implement FLOSS on their own but sometimes it takes a kick in the butt to move from concept to implementation. I doubt it takes a vote of council to choose to repair broken light-bulbs. It shouldn’t to fix broken IT. IT is broken if an organization has to pay for permission to use the computers and networks that it owns.
I don’t know why FLOSS should have to be voted in a council but here we have it again. IT departments should just announce smaller budgetary requests and make it happen. Bern, like many jurisdictions in Europe will have Free Software sooner or later.