The Swedish National Police Board wants to save 200 millions SEK with open source

I just read in Computer Sweden that the Swedish National Police Board wants to save 200 millions SEK with open source solutions. The plans are most on servers, not desktops:

  • OS Suse Linux.
  • Applications­ server Jboss.
  • Database MySQL.
  • Web server Apache.

They also have some plans to try out open office on desktops. No mention on Linux on the desktop. Maybe we should send them some Ubuntu CD:s? ;-) The board estimates they will reduce costs with at least 50%.

When will we hear the same kind of announcements from the swedish library boards? Instead libraries keep on supporting proprietary solutions like Aleph, Metalib and SFX. Would be interesting to hear if any library, not just in Sweden are using Linux or at least open office at their computer work stations.

Computer Sweden have suggested an open source statement for the public sector in Sweden:

“Where it’s not already clear we should initiate a claim to always include an open source alternative in IT purchases of the authorities”.