Nearly half of Spain's public administrations are developing applications that are based on or built using open source software, reports the country's Observatory for Open Source Software (Onfsa), based on a sample of 198 public organisations. Some 27 percent reports that it is re-using software built by other public administrations.
Onfsa, part of Cenatic, Spain's resource centre on open source and open standards, published the results of its 2011 survey this January. Translations into English of the main conclusions were made available last week Thursday.
The Onfsa survey results shows that some 68 percent of public administrations downloads free and open source applications from code repositories and software development forges. One-third issues procurement tenders for this type of software.
"In terms of the volume of open source software deployed on the servers at organisations in the Spanish government (programs, operating systems and utilities, both in production and in testing or pre-production environments), approximately 40 per cent is open source software. With regard to desktop software as a whole, open source solutions represent around 15 per cent."
The survey shows that most of almost all of the public administrations in Spain use free and open source software. Nine out of ten uses thus type of software on servers, and eight out of ten uses it on the desktop.