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Finnish city of Tampere to begin pilot with open source office suite

Joinup - The IT department of the Finnish city of Tampere will try out OpenOffice, a free and open source office suite. The free suite of office productivity tools will be installed alongside the proprietary office suite currently used by the city staff. The IT department warns against high expectations.

The pilot follows a request made by the city council's Green party a year ago. The IT department sent its outline for the desktop pilot to the city council last month.

The IT department writes that it already uses open source for many parts of its work. "For the city staff the most visible illustration is the Intranet, running on open source."