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Milwaukee County Open Source Platform study will move ahead in 2012

As previously noted, the vetoes issued by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele came out last night. Notably not among the items vetoed was my amendment to have the County’s IT department perform a study on moving to an open source software platform for backend servers. By moving to low-cost, yet high-quality open source software, the County could save money over purchasing expensive software licenses, and would never have to pay for ongoing renewal fees.

Similarly, there is no such thing as an over-installation penalty with open source software. You can install it as many times as you like on as many computers as you wish. The County has paid thousands of dollars in such fines because someone installed too many copies of a commercial package on too many computers—more than the license permitted.

While it’s true that not every commercial software title can be replaced by an open source title, there are many high-quality solutions that we can implement and use to save taxpayer money. This study is the County’s start down that road.

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