French government tenders for open source support
The French government has published a request for tenders to provide ICT support. The authorities are looking for a three-year support contract, worth two million euros and covering two-thirds of the country's twenty-two ministries as well as the Court of Audit. According to Le Monde Informatique this will include departments ranging from the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Justice and Freedom to the Ministry of Sports and Ministry of Culture and Communication.
The support tender seeks services to support hundreds of packages, from infrastructure and operating systems such as Debian, CentOS and FreeBSD, KVM and Xen virtualisation, Samba, Bacula, NFS and GFS, to desktop applications such as putty, Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird, Lightning, LibreOffice, Scribus, VLC, 7zip, VNC and Blender. There are also enterprise applications including Lucene, Alfresco and Nuxeo; databases such as PostgreSQL and MySQL; development environments; languages including Java, Python, Ruby and jRuby; tools such as Bugzilla, Hudson, JUnit, Eclipse, Subversion and Git; and libraries including Hibernate, Spring and various Apache projects. The list does appear to cover each department separately and there is some duplication, but it still covers more than five pages.
The tender is organised by the Directorate of Information Systems at the Ministry of the Interior and involves detailed questions about how prospective bidders will address support issues when the community does not support, or ceases support for, particular features. The deadline for responding with an offer is 9 January 2012 and the contract is expected to be awarded by 30 March 2012. The tender documents, in French, are available online.