“The Spanish city of Zaragoza continues to expand its use of free and open source software. The city administration now has 1200 of its 3000 PCs running the AZLinux desktop, which is based on Ubuntu Linux. On all workstations, LibreOffice is the default office suite, and the city by default uses the Open Document Format ODF.
â€œWe try to use free and open source software solutions wherever we canâ€, says Eduardo Romero, the IT specialist who is leading Zaragozaâ€™s desktop transition project.”
See Zaragoza continues its transition to open sourceRemember when Munich was news? Well, here we are a decade later and it’s just routine that local governments are going to FLOSS. It just makes sense: spend less on licences, avoid monopoly prices, and take control of your IT in the organization. What’s not to like?
Again, the key is avoiding the lock-in of the office suite. LibreOffice is so good that’s getting to be easy once the macros are scrapped. Who needs them? Use web-applications or other FLOSS tools and be done with them. The file formats are now not even on the radar, thanks to the thousand or so developers contributing tweaks to the Libreoffice code.