Turin To Be The First Italian Open Source City

Turin To Be The First Italian Open Source City

Turin’s local authorities have decided to switch to open source and entirely ditch all the Microsoft products, saving alot of money to the local government.

The mission of this move is to get rid of proprietary software, make Turin one of the first Italian open source city and save six million euros. Six million euros!!! Yes, it is a very high amount, isn’t it?

According to republica.it 8300 computers of the local administration will soon be powered by Ubuntu, shipped with Mozilla Firefox web browser and Open Office. No more Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer.

Alot of money is gone to buy licenses, pay proprietary software, so why not choose a free solution and a better one? Do you guys know how much would it cost to Turin if they had to upgrade their Windows operating systems from one version to another?

22 million euros! And would you like to know how much that price will go down if the local administration adopts Ubuntu? Ok, so if they switch to Ubuntu they will save 6 million euros, now you make the calculations.

There are many other European cities that are seeing Linux as a better solution than Windows for their IT infrastructure. For example, the German city Munich kicked Microsoft out of the city and switched to open source. According to Munich, this move saved it more 10 million euros.

What do you guys think about Turin making this move? Let us know  in the comments.

  • http://lane.net.nz lightweight

    Good on them. It’s the right decision. And each city/gov’t that makes the similar decision (despite all the marketing to the contrary by the incumbent vendors) will make it easier for others to follow suit. And even more important decision would be to mandate that all gov’t software being procured demonstrates *interoperablity* using vendor-neutral, royalty-free open standards document formats and communication protocols.

  • destrecht

    I’ve wondered why so many people use windows when they don’t need proprietary software. And it’s not like it’s hard to use. My grade school girls use Ubuntu.

  • yuta

    Really Good Move maaan! Why you must spend much money if we have the truly “free” solution ?
    Great job!

  • http://andrealazzarotto.com/ Lazza

    Fortunately, despite the high presence of proprietary office software and operating systems (IMHO a couple of PCs would be already high, but it’s much higher) in our public administrations, in Italy we have regional laws that force administrations to provide documents in open formats.

    The sad part is… well, they are regional laws so only SOME regions have them. Why is that? The short answer is “because dude! It’s Italy”… ’nuff said. The situation here is utterly contradictory sometimes. People in the parliament screaming all over the place about the economic crisis, but at the same time they “flush money in the toilet” by buying useless proprietary Microsoft malware.

  • Vijay G. Kamat

    If they donate $1,000,000/- for the development of open source, that will be huge.

    If most of the cities of the world do it, then OPEN SOURCE will be MAIN SOURCE.

    Then again there are schools, judiciary, NGO’s, District / State, National Administrations. We can erect a parallel economy with local / national crypto-currency.

    E-Waste will be NO WASTE and less recycling plants have to be built.

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  • kenherring

    I think this is a great move. Yes, the initial move will cost a lot up front, but after that they will definitely save money by not having to pay for propriety software and licensing fees each year from Microsoft. I wonder if anyone from Microsoft has tried to talk them out of it like Steve Balmer did with Munich?

  • Martin Vermeer

    Actually the main advantage of this is not so much money saving but security. Industrial secrets. Does anyone actually _trust_ Microsoft? Or, come to think of it, the NSA?