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17 September 2012, 16:50

Italy making way for open source

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FOSS icon On 7 August, a law was passed by the Italian Parliament that requires the use of open source software by public administrations where possible. Article 68Italian language link of the Italian Digital Administration Code (Codice dell'amministrazione digitale) states that, from 12 August, public administrations looking for a new software solution must either use an application which they have already developed in-house, develop their own new program, use open source software, or any combination of these.

As noted by ICT attourney Simone Aliprandi, Italian agencies are only allowed to buy proprietary software as an exception if a technical and economic analysis demonstrates that neither software developed in-house nor an open source solution can meet the agency's requirements at a lower price.

A number of regions in Italy had already passed similar laws, including Piedmont, Apulia and Trentino.


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