Open Source Observatory September 2014

All the Open Source Observatory ( headlines from September 2014, transmogrified into clickable links to the articles.

Open and Libre Office projects should reuniteFrench ministries prove free software is viable
The software developers working on Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice - two closely related suites of open source office productivity tools - should overcome their schism and unite to compete with the ubiquitous proprietary alternative, urges Daniel Brunner, head of the IT department of Switzerland’s Federal Supreme Court.Free and open source software solutions are suitable for use in public administrations, the extensive use by French ministries proves. The LibreOffice suite of office productivity tools is now installed on more than 500,000 desktops across the ministries.
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Gummersbach completes switch to open source
Tyrol government shares test tool with industry
Hamburg Greens call for a switch to open source
Genoa gradually switching to open source tools
Udine city struggles to remove IT vendor lock-in
England’s Healthwatch switches to open source CRM
Spanish anti tax fraud unit renews Linux contract
Towns in Umbria region switch to LibreOffice
Open source solution for online surveys and conference registrations
City of Turin to move to open source desktops
French ministries prove free software is viable
EC Commissioner Kroes supports ODF campaign
Austrian gov computing centre lauds OpenOffice
Greens urge Saxony to consider open source use
Gijs Hillenius
Context for Digital Government

Policy specialist on open source in public services, knowlegde transfer expert