Canary Islands Saves 700,000 Euro With Open Source

Canary Islands switches to Open Source

Government of Spanish autonomous region Canary Islands, a popular tourist destination in Europe, has saved around 700,000 euro by switching to Open Source software, reported La Provincia.

Last year, the IT department successfully concluded the switch to a cluster of computers, running free and open source software. This cluster of servers and workstations is used for government’s databases, payroll systems, the government websites and its email services. As per La Provincia, this switch to open source saved around a million euro in proprietary software. Good news is that the islands government pays 300,000 euro per year for the support for free software used by IT department.

This is not it. The IT department also approved OpenOffice as one of the possible solutions for the Canary Islands’ public administrations. Roberto Moreno, director of the Department for Telecom and New Technologies lays out the future plan:

“The next step will be to replace the current office suite by a free software alternative. To do this, new office solutions must be installed on some 30,000 workstations.”

The move is definitely inspired by successful Open Source switch by neighboring Valencia region. In fact, its not that only Spanish government is switching to Open Source. One of the top Linux stories of 2013 had several such stories. UK government has also mulling to switch to Open Source. Last week even Romanian government hinted to opt for Open Source. The trend continues, for the good.

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  • It’s not clear to me what you meant about (a) 1 million euros saved vs 300,000 euros in support costs and (b) how replacing the office suite with OpenOffice is a “next step.”

    Does the 1 million savings include the 300,000 expenditure or not? Was there a prior support expenditure with the previous systems? It’s my impression that Windows support is seldom free.

    Also, it would seem to me that replacing MS Office (the likely current suite) with OpenOffice (or LibreOffice) would occur before switching from the current OS (probably Windows of some vintage) to Linux (probably Ubuntu of some stripe).

    Finally, was any of this activity prompted by the impending expiration of support for Windows XP?

    • From the inclusion of the 700K€ figure, I think that it’s supposed to be 1M€ raw savings and 300K€ raw costs, for 700K€ net savings.

    • Hi Ross,

      As Riking correctly pointed out, switching to Open Source alternative infrastructure cost them 300,000 euro (in support) while the propriety solution would have cost a million. That is a saving of 700,000 euro.

      From the report, it seems they have more workstations (or even existing ones) that uses MS Office and they plan to switch to OpenOffice.

      Cannot comment if it was prompted by Windows XP demise.