Absent interoperability in desktop applications locks-in Mannheim city

The 4200 desktop PCs used in the public administration of the German city of Mannheim are completely locked-in by proprietary software, says head of the city’s IT infrastructure department, Gerd Armbruster. The city quietly abandoned a move to open standards and open source in 2007. “Vendor independence is no longer a political topic, here.”

An article for the Open Source Observatory at the EC’s Joinup portal, published on 10 February 2012.