Open Source Observatory (OSOR)
After a false start, the Hungarian city of Miskolc is now in the middle of a transition to an open IT environment. Despite the higher complexity of the current heterogeneous infrastructure, the city administration is already saving €3,000 per user per year. Although the administration was not able to reduce the number of applications, it did manage to dramatically reduce the costs of Microsoft licences.
Read more: Hungarian city of Miskolc: "Saving €3,000 per user per year on licenses"
The 'Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik' (BSI, the German Federal Office for Information Security) qualifies ownCloud as a modern, internet-based successor to the proprietary server software that traditionally provided file and messaging functionality to organisations and workgroups.
Read more: German IT security experts validate Owncloud for high-protection environments
Amtega, Galicia's agency for technological modernisation, has published the Abalar educational system as open source. The software was developed for the Abalar project that aims to integrate ICT into the educational practice in the Spanish region of Galicia.
The European Parliament calls upon the Commission
for the systematic replacement of proprietary software by auditable and verifiable open-source software in all the EU institutions, and for the introduction of a mandatory open-source-selection criterion in all future ICT procurement procedures.
Read more: European Parliament wants EU institutions to switch to open source
The European Space Agency (ESA) has implemented a private cloud infrastructure to offer IT services to its user communities. The datacentre in Frascati, Italy, is already operational, while a second datacentre in Darmstadt, Germany, has just been completed.
Read more: ESA implements open source based private cloud infrastructure