Paraguay aims to switch to open source software
Paraguay has launched an ambitious project to use only open source software in all government agencies by 2012. The announcement came from Nicolás Caballero, IT coordinator for the Office of the President of the Republic of Paraguay, who was quoted as saying: "the first and most evident aim is to save resources" in a report on European open source software web site OSOR. The incentive behind the transition is cost – savings of approximately $4 million could be made by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare alone – and spending will be restricted to training staff to use the new open source software. The government also wishes to take control of what software is to be used and how, by making those decisions itself.
Similar commercial-to-open source transitions have been carried out worldwide. Cabarello referred to a 2009 move by the French Gendarmerie, which transferred 85,000 computers from using Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office to Ubuntu and OpenOffice.
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