Switching to Open Source software seems the latest trend worldwide. Its not just the people, government themselves are considering to ditch expensive proprietary software for their open source alternative. Some of the biggest Linux news stories of 2013 included millions saved by switching to Open Source by French Police, Spanish Valencia region and German city Munich.
In first of good news for Open Source community in 2014, UK government is also mulling a switch to Open Source software, reported The Guardian. As per stats, UK public sector spent around £200m since 2010 in Office suite product itself.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude believes that a significant part of that £200m could be cut by switching to software which can produce open-source files in the “open document format” (ODF), such as OpenOffice and Google Docs(?). Maude said:
“The software we use in government is still supplied by just a few large companies. A tiny oligopoly dominates the marketplace…… I want to see a greater range of software used, so civil servants have access to the information they need and can get their work done without having to buy a particular brand of software.”
While Google Docs is hardly Open Source and I don’t think it will be free to use at this scale, LibreOffice can be definitely pitched in. Of course there are several worthy Open Source alternatives to Microsoft Office that can be considered as well.