Published at LXer:
Amsterdam,NL could be the third big municipality in Europe switching to open source - following Munich and Vienna. A test amongst users of fifty PC's showed there are no technical difficulties when migrating to open source. The test showed the users don't have problems switching to OpenOffice and Linux. The municipal agency which conducted the test thinks the migration could be cost-neutral, which means Dutch tax payers won't have to pay for the probably migration. The City Council will decide about the migration in December.
Also, over twenty other municipalities in the Netherlands signed a manifesto stating they want to become more independent of single vendors, so more municipalities might follow in the future.
[The article is in Dutch. After noticing this news, I sent out a mail to this municipal agency with some questions. Stay tuned, as I will publish about this issue once I receive an answer - hkwint ]