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Number of open source applications on government desktops doubles in Malta

eGov - The number of open source applications installed by default on desktop PCs of public administrations in Malta has increased by 47 percent, between December 2009 and May 2011, says Michel Bugeja, enterprise architect at Malta's Information Technology Agency (MITA). "The biggest increase is on tools to handle PDFs, for creating diagrams, for mind mapping and for project management."

The agency maintains a list of applications, both open source and proprietary, that it evaluates for use by governments. The most recent open source applications it added are Open Office (office productivity suite) Dia (diagram drawing) Gimp (image editing) and Openproj (project management).