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Italy working on a guide for comparing open and closed source software

It’s no hidden fact that the European Union has a special love for free and open source software for all the merits these have to offer and for the huge cost savings EU’s various organizations get to make from these. In the past, several member countries have made the switch from Windows to Linux in a drive to make their systems more secure and save costs. Their governments and educational institutions have also moved on from using proprietary and expensive day-to-day software such as Microsoft Office to using OpenOffice and LibreOffice, software that get the same work done and are absolutely free. Now it is Italy’s turn to follow on the same path.

In December 2012, a change was made in Italy’s national law according to which Italy’s public administrations are to give priority to free and open source. A guide is in works, by Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale (AGID), that will provide recommendations on how to best compare open and closed source software.

Italian lawyer Guglielmo Troiano said, “The on-going debate regarding the use of free and open source software in Italy seems to be coming to a satisfactory conclusion. For the public administration, it is important that the software works only for the purpose for which it was procured. Beyond that, its value is irrelevant. As such, the return on investment is measured essentially in terms of efficiency.”

According to earlier reports, a public consultation was to be sought for AGID’s guide but a spokesperson for AGID announced today they are not planning to do so.

Anurag is an open-source evangelist, and affiliated with several Linux projects like OpenMandriva, Unity and Granular. He began his Linux journey with SuSE 9.1. He is passionate about sports (football, tennis, cricket) and loves to read books (fiction, sci-fi, classics). He is also an avid gamer, Steam being his latest obsession. He usually blogs on his homepage and twitter profile. Anurag works as a Senior Analyst (software engineering) at Accenture India, and is a regular contributor at Muktware.


  1. Liked your article Anurag.

    I hope the Italians emphasize the advantage of freedom more than cost savings.

    Here is an article of a similar story of whats happening in Germany: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-munich-rejected-steve-ballmer-and-kicked-microsoft-out-of-the-city

    • I hope to soon cover a similar story involving India ;)

      • I hope so too! :)

        The money saved needs to be spent on more pressing issues & its the freedom as well.

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