Microsoft will not make money in Germany. The federal state switches to open-source

More specifically, we are talking about state units in Schleswig-Holstein, a federal state in Germany. Its authorities intend to completely switch to open-source software.

Linux instead of Windows, LibreOffice instead of Microsoft Office. Schleswig-Holstein goes open-source

I am in a hurry to explain: Schleswig-Holstein is a small federal state of Germany, inhabited by less than 3 million people, in which the most populous city is its capital – Kiel (approx. 250 thousand inhabitants). This is a small area, but with quite high ambitions in terms of the approach to software.

On all computers owned by government officials and teachers, Windows is to be replaced by GNU / Linux by the end of 2026. Similar changes will apply to any paid software that has its free open-source counterpart.

The country’s authorities announced that they are just developing open-source transition project in all administrative units (including schools). Due to the fact that the plan has been implemented for a long time – soon we can expect a complete abandonment of paid programs in favor of free ones. At the moment, the authorities have already given up Windows in favor of Linux, and the popular videoconferencing program – Zoom – has already been replaced by Jitzi.

Most employees already have experience working with open-source programs

According to Jan Philipp Albrecht, Minister of Digitization, many government employees in Schleswig-Holstein are already trained to work with open-source software, as they have been in use for a long time. It turns out that Microsoft Word is not irreplaceable – and the proof of it is LibreOffice, whose functionalities are completely sufficient for employees.

The plan that the authorities in Schleswig-Holstein are implementing is to show others that open-source software works well and can be used on a large scale.

Do you think that we will soon hear about other similar campaigns, or will it be a project that will not be copied willingly? Let me know in the comments.


About Eric Wilson

The variety offered by video games never ceases to amaze him. He loves OutRun's drifting as well as the contemplative walks of Dear Esther. Immersing himself in other worlds is an incomparable feeling for him: he understood it by playing for the first time in Shenmue.

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