25,000 Danish hospital staff to move to LibreOffice
A group of thirteen Copenhagen hospitals and their almost 25,000 workers will, over the next year, move to using LibreOffice, the community maintained and developed fork of the OpenOffice.org office suite. The plan, reported by OSOR.EU, is being embarked upon for "long term strategic reasons" and aims to save around 5.3 million euros in proprietary licence costs. The hospital group is moving to a virtual desktop based environment for its employees and the proprietary office package they use would require a license for every user in that scenario. The switch will see the hospitals continue to use their ten thousand licences for the proprietary suite until they run out.
2500 virtual desktops have been installed so far and a small group of workers are being trained in, and are testing, LibreOffice. This is believed to be the second largest public administration migration to open source office software; the migration of 80,000 users at the French Gendarmerie to OpenOffice.org leads the way. The hospital group is being supported by Danish open source IT provider Magenta who set up and managed a first pilot of the OpenOffice software two years ago at a Copenhagen hospital. The migration will, however, see a number of heavy users or advanced spreadsheet users retain the proprietary office software.