Some 61 percent of all 453 Dutch city councils is using or will be using Open Source software, according to a report by the Dutch project Ososs, published Monday.
The government project is promoting governmental organisations to use Open Source software. The past year and a half a representative of the project contacted all 453 city councils. Ososs found that almost a third of the city councils, 29 percent, uses GNU/Linux as a server operating system, 11 percent uses Open Source relational database management systems such as Postgresql or Mysql and 5 percent uses OpenOffice, an Open Source suite of office applications.
The results of the Open Source inventory are published in a booklet titled 'Open Gemeenten', Open city councils, which was published this Monday. The book is a collection of 35 case studies on municipalities such as Assen, Epe, Weert, Goes and Heerenveen that are all using Open Source software.
About 8 percent of the city councils decided against using Open Source software and some 25 percent is using it unknowingly or by chance. These IT suppliers are the most important reason city councils refrain from Open Source, concludes Ososs.
"Many city council find that the companies they depend on for IT services do not know of Open Source or do not support it. These IT services companies prefer closed source software solutions for IT development and IT infrastructure projects. This impedes the use of Open Source software."
Using the 35 case studies, Ososs has ranked easiest and more difficult Open Source applications. The easiest such applications are web browsers, instant messaging, firewalls, spam filters, web servers, content managements systems and converters for PDF (portable document format). Next are databases, e-mail clients, server operating systems and virtualisation software. Using OpenOffice is complex, as are groupware and document management systems. Most difficult is the complete switch to an Open Source desktop.
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- The Ososs case studies on city councils (in Dutch)