October 23, 2003

Danish Board of Technology: "Potential for major public savings in open source software"

Switching from proprietary software to open source software in Danish public administration has an economic scope of several billion DKK every year, according to a report prepared by a working group under The Danish Board of Technology. The working group has compiled a detailed analysis of the use of open source software in public administration in Denmark - especially the economic perspectives. The analysis shows that open source software is a viable alternative to the proprietary software. One reason the open source software is competitive is because it allows users to change, to correct and to distribute the software and therefore to a greater extent leaves the user in control of changes.

The analysis shows good possibilities for using the open source software as desktop software, e.g. for word processing, and there is a potential for lowering the cost of using desktop software.

Link: The Danish Board of Technology

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