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Helsinki's open source proponents object to secrecy on software costs

Joinup - Advocates of free and open source software in Helsinki are pressing the city's IT department to make public the cost calculations they used to argue that a switch to a vendor-independent office suite is too expensive. A member of the city council is considering a demand that the IT department divulges the details.

"I am disappointed on this decision by the IT department to keep the cost details under wraps", comments Green League city council member Johanna Sumuvuori. The council member has been advocating the use of open source by the city administration since October 2010. Following her council resolution the city started a ten-month pilot with using Open Office in February 2011.