“LibreOffice is a pillar in the overall migration of free software of all government bodies.” - The French Prime Minister
Open source software began getting mainstream exposure nearly a decade ago and has been taking off ever since, with many organizations, educational systems and governments around the globe making recently making the switch from commercialized operating systems and programs, such as Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office, to open suite operating systems and programs, such as Canonical Ubuntu and LibreOffice, respectively.
We recently ran an article here in the Daily Flux called, “Spain Deploys 220,000 Ubuntu Desktops In More Than 2,000 Schools, Servicing 600,000 Students.” It’s a prime example of how entire educational systems are migrating from Windows licensing plus support infrastructure packages, to open source support minus licensing infrastructures. There have been other trending examples of this Microsoft exodus in the states, as well. A trend that points to licensed office suit packages such as Microsoft Office, losing popular ground in what were once firm footholds for the once monopolizing giant.
One such example of open source gaining ground in the United States is in the state of Florida, where the City of Largo moved 800+ users over to LibreOffice 3.5.2. Another example is in the entire City of Chicago, where all public libraries now use LibreOffice. Internationally, the German city of Munich moved to LibreOffice and the French Prime Minister even stated that LibreOffice is “a pillar in the overall migration of free software of all government bodies.”
In April of 2003, Microsoft attempted to keep Munich as a customer when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer met with city officials there and offered to give Munich a 15% discount on Microsoft licensing fees. The offer just wasn’t good enough, though. Munich said that they were deciding to go with Linux not only because the cost was still much less, but also because of the “flexibility” of open source software. Not long after, about 14,000 desktops were migrated from NT to LiMux.
Fast forward to 2012, and we get a clear glimpse of the current migration trend to open source:
As stated by LibreOffice:
“Several other large migrations to LibreOffice have happened, or are happening, in Denmark (Hospitals of Copenhagen), Italy (Regione Umbria, Provincia di Milano, City Councils of Provincia di Bolzano, and one of the largest IT company in the banking sector), Spain (City of Las Palmas), Ireland (City of Limerick), Greece (Municipality of Pilea Hortiatis).”
With such numerous reasons to leave the Microsoft OS & office suites behind, it leaves many wondering, what’s to become of Microsoft?