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ES: Public administrations in Axarquia moving to open source desktops— filed under: OpenOffice.org and ODF in public authorities, Office Suites, municipalities-community, [GL] Spain, local government, OpenOffice, GNU General Public License (GPL), Spanish, [T] Deployments and Migrations, End Users/Desktop, [T] Evaluations, Pilots and Studies, Office/Businessby Gijs Hillenius — published on Oct 21, 2010
Public administrations in the Axarquia region in Spain autonomous region of Andalusia are making steady progress in their migration to a complete open source desktop, according to Ramón Ramón Sánchez, lead consultant assisting the local government.
The municipalities and regional administrations in Axarquia in total use about seven hundred desktops. Speaking at the Consegi open source software conference in Brazil, this August: "At this moment, 50 per cent of the major IT systems on the region are already running free and open source, 50 per cent of all the software developed for them is published as open source and 80 percent of all the public administrations have begun free and open source initiatives."
One of the municipalities in the region, Moclinejo, has already been using the completely open source desktop for over a year. Progress is also made in Rincón de la Victoria, one of the biggest municipalities in the region, where about 75 per cent of the desktops are migrated to open source in April.
The migration at Moclinejo at times was very tough, Ramón Sánchez says. "The town relied heavily on external IT services, which increased the cost of migration to open source." However, now the civil servants are very pleased with their new desktops: "It allows them to direct their technological future, innovate their services and remain independent of IT vendors."
A number of technical issues aside, the move depended greatly on strong political support, explains Ramón Sánchez. Support came from the provincial government of Málaga, "Whether public administrations should move to free and open source software is not so much a technical question, but a social responsibility."
One of the results of the migration in the region is Inventory Libre, a tool, published as open source using the GPLv2, that helps IT administrators collect information about the hardware and software inventory available in an organisation. This data helps them detect possible issues when changing operating systems and desktop applications.
Ramón Sánchez's IT services company, Emergya, is also working with Cenatic, the Spanish governments resource centre on open source, to develop a tool that can help determine the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the open source desktop. "This tool will be published very soon, as part of the publication of our methodology, our model and other tools, intended to help other organisations cope with the migration to an open source desktop."