Following the recent decision by Munich’s City Council to step back to closed source and proprietary software, at a large cost to taxpayers, a group of free and open source software (FOSS) supporters have created a website explaining the importance of FOSS in public administrations.
The German website, called München bleibt frei (Munich stays free), lists numerous benefits of FOSS, including:
- Independence from a single software vendor
- Boost to local industry (because anyone can improve FOSS)
- Security and data protection
The Document Foundation supports this position. Our previous statement on the situation in Munich can be found here.