Swiss city of Bern switches to open source software solutions- Officially
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In a major development, the council of Swiss city of bern has voted in favor of switching to open source software and IT solutions. There were 36 votes in favor of this switch while 20 were against it. This clearly means that proprietary software will be kicked out from the government offices of Bern. The council also plans to promote open source software in schools by providing training to increase FOSS awareness among teachers.
Here is what a post on http
The council members want, firstly, that all future IT solutions will be independent from underlying operating systems and browsers. And when procuring new solutions, the city is to announce that, when equivalent, it will choose open source over proprietary software. All software developed for the city administration will by default be made available as open source. The IT department is also told to start actively switching existing IT solutions to open source.
Here are the core elements of this motion as stated on the Swiss Digital Sustainability Group (translated using google translator) :
Development of an open source development strategy provides for that as a rule in all future procurements operating system and browser-independent solutions are chosen, will be announced in public tenders as product and vendor neutral and explicitly open source solutions are accepted with equivalent functional properties and similar cost structures, the open source version is preferred and specially developed software or on a contract code under an open source license is released.
This is a big news for open source community and lets hope the open source moment keeps up the same momentum in the time to come.