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Leipzig is switching to open source office suites

Joinup - The German city of Leipzig is switching to using open source suites of office productivity tools: Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice. It expects that in the first five years the anticipated savings will be swallowed by the exit costs associated with the proprietary software used by the city. Starting in 2017, however, the city expects to lower its IT costs by some 100,000 euro, says Lars Greifzu, responsible for marketing and sales at Lecos, the city-owned IT service provider.

Greifzu was one of the speakers at a workshop on open source in public administration, organised by the Major Cities of Europe association, which took place in Dublin on 17 January.

The city began its switch to the open source office suites in 2012, following political debates. The Leipzig administration will increasingly turn to free and open source, Greifzu said, as the city's politicians object to the cost of proprietary software licences, and want to get rid of IT vendor lock-in.