It was true for 2015, and it is true this year too. In our 2016 annual report, we reported that, in general, news that covers the software running on desktops in public administrations gets the most hits.
That trend was confirmed last week, when we pulled the numbers for OSOR news items that we published since January: of the ten most-read OSOR news items, six deal with open source implementations on the desktop. At the top of that list (of six) is our report on the completion of the switch to LibreOffice in Nantes Métropole, France’s 6th largest city.
Also very popular were our reports on a similar migration underway in Italy. With its LibreDifesa migration project the Italian military will implement LibreOffice on well over 100,000 desktops PCs to LibreOffice. This would make it the largest free software transition involving desktop PCs by a European public administration.
Two steps back
The news has usually been positive. However, we reported on set-backs too, such as the decision by the Italian Emilia-Romagna region to end its use of OpenOffice, and revert to a proprietary office alternative. Earlier this year, another Italian region South Tyrol had made a similar u-turn, dropping its LibreOffice project. These two news items are also in the 2016 top ten, at 9th and 10th place, respectively.
Desktops aside - the most-read OSOR news item was our report that next year open standards will be made mandatory in the Netherlands’s administrative law.
To complete the top ten:
- Open source wins over France’s urban planners. This is the third-most read news item of 2016.
- Free software group French ministries extends scope: sixth place.
- Free software groups protest France school software deal: this news item came seventh.
At the bottom end of the ranking we found two items from 2016 that you should have read, but didn’t. Was it the apostrophes in the headlines? Here is your chance to make up:
- The use of open source has set the city of Limerick (Ireland) free to modernise its organisation.
- Europe’s two main free software advocacy groups, April and the FSFE, argue that software specifically developed for or by the public sector should be made available as free software.