LUG Scandiano (Italy) persuades its local governors to use free software

Massimo Barbieri massimo at
Thu Jan 12 16:11:22 UTC 2012

I send you my new blog entry about what the Linux User Group Scandiano
(Italy) recently obtained with its local governors.

== LUG Scandiano persuades its local governors to use free software ==

Since the birth of the Linux User Group[1] Scandiano on 2007 the members
of this group, in which I’m active, have always tried to start a
dialogue with local institutions in order to inform them about the
benefits that come from the use of Open Standards and Free Software in
terms of freedom, of independence, of security, of neutrality and of
costs savings. During local political elections on 2009, the LUG
Scandiano wrote a public letter[2] to all candidates for mayor of
Scandiano to ask them if they were planning to adopt policies in support
of Free Software and Open Standards. The responses were published on the
LUG Scandiano’s website[2] and the political group that won those
elections wrote in their program an important point about the plan to
adopt and promote Free Software in the systems of the institutions the
they will be going to rule.

In following months the LUG Scandiano continued to send reminders to the
local governament, first by asking, with a letter written in
collaboration with the Italian Group of the Free Software Foundation
Europe[3], to use Open Standards for the documents distributed from the
official website of the municipality of Scandiano which was accepted
shortly afterwards, then by asking to start a plan for the progressive
adoption of Free Software in the computer systems of the institution.
Several meetings took place among the activists of the LUG, local
governors and technical staff on these issues.

The 22/11/2011 has been published on the official website of the town of
Scandiano a document which it is explicitly dispays the intention to
adopt Open Standards and to start a gradual migration to Free Software.

With this declaretion, the local governors of Scandiano are will start
to “a gradual adoption fo Libre Office” instead of using proprietary
software and to use the ODF file format for their documents managed
within the organization, the PDF file format for the documents
distributed and to evaluate different document types for collaborative
drafting of documents with other parties.

All members of the LUG Scandiano are obviously pleased with this
important effort and thank the local governors for their efforts. The
resolution reached by local governors of Scandiano is obviously just the
beginning of a complex project towards freedom and the LUG is committed,
as it always has, to provide its widest support.

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