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Criteria for Migration to Linux in Local Administrations of the EU. The Cases of Munich and Newham

Daniel Reina (

Administrative Officer at the Spanish National Office of Statistics (Instituto Nacional de Estadística - INE)


The recent interest of many public administrations worldwide in free software has opened up a theoretical debate and commercial battle. The debate is centred on the opportunity of public intervention in the software market and on the possibilities of the public promotion of free software. In Europe, the official promotion of free software has received the backing of the European Commission and has generated the publication of a number of national reports. The effectiveness of these reports should be evaluated in the context of the administrations that start a process of migration. The criteria used by each administration varies according to their closest interests. The most dynamic sector in the migration to free software is local administration. Munich is a city council that has opted for migration, whereas Newham has rejected it. Analysis of the criteria used may permit an approximation of official promotion to the problems of a specific migration.


free software, open code, public administration, European Union

Submission date: January 2006
Published in: March 2006

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