- Out of Europe
2005-01-25: Vienne: Vienne to migrate to OpenOffice.org and GNU/Linux
2010-07-23: Linz - region for Free Software (German)
2006-07-23: Belgian government chooses OpenDocument
2008-10-01: Ministry of Justice: Half of all desktop PCs at ministry of Justice migrated to GNU/Linux
2009-10-06: The city of Schoten sets the example: How to be a good player in the free software community
2011-02-11: New beta versions of components for eID
2012-04-18: Czech municipality uses FS for nearly everything
2009-09-00 Roedorve (DK) migration to OOffice (Slideshow about the migration)
all governmentally ordered software are released as Free Software and available on a governmental portal : /softwareborsen
Parliament resolution on Open Standards : B103 June 2nd 2006 : “Parliament imposes on the government the duty to ensure that the public sector's use of IT, including use of software, is based on open standards”
2011-08-09: Hospitals in Copenhagen drop MS Office
2008-05-29: Free Software in Estonia: a long-term policy
2011-02-14: Ministry saves millions by using openoffice
Agriculture Ministry: "Le ministère de l'Agriculture fait un pas vers (GNU/)Linux"
National Assembly: "(GNU/)Linux s'installe dans les PC des députés"
Gendarmerie nationale (national police): La gendarmerie nationale passe à OpenOffice (update: Gendarmerie saves millions with open desktop and web applications
2010-06-17: Defence ministry : Defence ministry to test Open Source office tools
2011-01-28: City of Helsinki to start FS desktop pilot
- Federal administrations:
20090220: BMI invests in "open source" (German)
2011-02-11: Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ditch open source desktop. Previous good news about it:a blog and another and an update from OSOR
- Local adminstrations:
Bremen: [http://www.oss.bund.de/node/112 | school administration infrastructure]]
Munich (City): Declaration of Independence: The LiMux Project in Munich and Munich picks GNU/Linux
2012-02-23 Success with OpenOffice migration (German)
Jever, 2004: migration from NT to UCS
Mannheim, 2005-12-05: Mannheim migrates to FRee Software (Does anybody know the status of this?)
Friesland (district), 2008-05-27: migration in German district Friesland on track
Wittmund (district), 2009: http://www.oss.bund.de/node/118
Freiburg, 2011-01-28: OpenOffice three to four times cheaper
Freiburg, 2011-07-28 Office suite monoculture stymies interoperability
Gummersbach, 2011-09-28 FS desktops much easier to manage
2009-04-12: Government decides that spending on proprietary software cannot excede spending on free software this link is broken, many pages in the net still link to it. Does anybody have the original source?
Very cautious approach to FS, rather advocating OSS standards over the use of Free Software themselves. However, a very precise describtion of what OSS is an what it is suited to the Public sector.
2011-03-10: Computer Service Board switches to FS
2003-112-15 : Israel accelerates Free software migration
2010-0-10 : Minister of Improvement of Government Services, said that projects under his responsibility will go open source to improve transparency. (sorry for the google translate links, else it was in Hebrew...)
National Council for IT: "free software usage observatory"
South Tyrol public transport: "free software since 1993"
All Italian-speaking schools: "they all use project FUSS"
2011-04-19: Fabriano municipality's embracing Free Software
2012-02-28: Province of Savona increasingly turning to FS
2011-01-21: ODF acceptance mandatory
2011-02-28: Government starts open source portal
Open Standaarden en Open Source Software Ministerie van Economische Zaken
2007-12-21: Open document standards to be obligatory for state information (implemented 2009-01-01)
2009-07-08: Media formats become obligatory open standards as well (via pro-linux.de (German) and linuxnews.pl (polisch) )
2009-10-14: Friprog awards Kongsberg municipality
2009-03-02: Russian Government IT Development Strategy: Free and Open Source Software (en); http://cnews.ru/news/top/index.shtml?2009/03/11/340321 (ru); http://www.pro-linux.de/news/2009/13929.html (de)
2010-12-27: Putin Orders Russian Move to GNU/Linux
The Spanish IT competence centre CENATIC has published a detailed report on the use of Free Software in the Spanish public administration. It has lots of example cases, as well as analysis of legal aspects and a look at strengths and weaknesses. Should make an interesting read.
2010-10-19 A Xunta humilla á comunidade de Software Libre : 5Mio EUR paid for Microsoft licences
The Swedish national Police is using free software and are talking about the benefits. They got some things right but are reffering to "open source".
The Swedish municipality Motala uses free software in schools and administration. There are several articles about it in swedish. Here is one example.
The Swedish municipality Eksjö is also using free software in schools. This article mentions both Motala and Eksjö (as well as the Swedish Military).
2008-09-25: ODF made national standard
2011-05-24: Framework agreement increases use of FS
National Research Institute of Electronics and Cryptology (UEKAE) develops its own GNU/Linux distribution PARDUS
2010-01: Since January, United Kingdom has released a lot of public data, for use in applications any interested developper can imagine. Not only this is great news for all free society enthousiastics, but the platform itself makes a lot of use of Free Software. According to the presentation held by Prof Nigel Shadbolt (University of Southampton), the platform is based on Joomla and Mediawiki, and its data representation relies on Tim Berners Lee's open standard Linked Data.
2007-02-00: Birmingham libraries: "report of failure"
2010-10-02: Data.gov.uk releases Open Source code
2011-02-11: 'UK government committed to open source'
2011-09-05: Government Commitment To Open Source Flounders
Out of Europe
Municipality of Rosario: "Ordenanza Nº 7787 / 2004"
2008-09-28: Brazil begins using the Open Document Format
Case studies on migrations of Brazilian public institutions (in Portuguese)
20090205: Canadian government eyes open source, asks for feedback Further information sources
(French) Migrations vers les logiciels libres
Study on the: Economic impact of open source software on innovation and the competitiveness of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in the EU (Pro-Linux article about the study in German)