Venice Region Migrates to Open Source

Jan 26, 2009

In an effort to reduce costs, municipal authorities in the Veneto region around the Italian city of Venice, will change to open source.

A report on the Italian Internet portal Zeus Newsclaims the Veneto region will complete the move to free software by 2012.

District authorities commissioning new IT projects have been requested to favor open source or to explain their reasons when this is not possible. The main argument for the migration is a reduction in costs. A case study carried out by Red Hat supports this aim.

One government organization, the Veneto Agency for Agriculture, has been using Red Hat servers since 2007. In its study, the Linux provider quotes Renzo Padovani, manager at the agency: "Open source played a significant role in our choice, given the pressure to contain costs in public administration."

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