January 11, 2018 As per the report, Barcelona city plans to replace all user applications on its computers with open source alternatives. After finding a proper replacement for all proprietary software, the final step would be to go ahead with replacing the operating system with Linux.
To achieve this goal, the City’s administration has begun the process of commissioning IT projects and hiring developers on software programs. As per the plan, in 2018 about 70 percent of the City’s software budget will be spent on developing open source software. It’s being expected that the transition will be completed before Spring 2019.
One of the important projects will aim to create an online platform to allow small businesses to take part in public tenders.
According to Francesca Bria, the City Council’s Commissioner of Technology and Digital Innovation, the taxpayer’s money should be invested in the open source code that could be reused by the public as well.
To start with the same, Exchange Server and Outlook will be replaced by Open-Xchange; Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office will be kicked out in favor of Mozilla Firefox and LibreOffice.
At a later stage, it’s expected that Ubuntu will end up being the preferred choice of Linux distribution. As a part of a pilot, the City is already running 1,000 Ubuntu-powered machines.
It goes without saying that apart from offering the code to common people, this move will also save tons of money in the longer run. What are other advantages? Do share your views and become a part of the discussion.
Source: fossbytes.com on January 11, 2018.
28th March 2018 -Retention Range (PTY) Ltd launches Botswana’s locally produced Desktop Computer. With the increase in costs associated with ICT, Rentention Range has taken this initiative to produce a range of affordable Desktop Computers for the people and businesses across all sectors of the economy. Their Brand, RETENTION, brings to the nation RETENTION CLASSIC for home and office, RETENTION EDU tailored for students from Pre Schools to tertiary and RETENTION LEGACY for Office and home use.
Gaborone, Botswana – March 27, 2017 – Retention Range, is pleased to announce the launch of Ubuntu Mirror for Open Source Softwares. This will enable Retention Range to offer developers and the ICT community local access to a range of open source resources.
Cambridge, United Kingdom – February 23, 2017 – Collabora Productivity, the developers behind LibreOffice Online, has partnered with Retention Range in Botswana, making Collabora Online available for the first time in Africa.
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