Appeal against unfair Microsoft-placing in preparation
Saturday May 09th 2009, 4:57h
Filed under: FLOSS, Politics

As the Tagesanzeiger reported tonight we’re preparing an appeal at the federal administrative court against the recent 42-million-placing of the federal administration with Microsoft (official press release).

Unfortunately such a legal step is necessary because Swiss public administration is still not realizing its uncompetitive behavior as this new case in the Bernese administration shows: My canton is planning to spend 80 million CHF for its new IT infrastructure. They intend to procure the new software publicly - except for Windows and Office! I really don’t get it. Yesterday’s report in the NZZ online (printed newspaper today) again shows clearly the benefits of Solothurn’s successful open source strategy saving over 1 million CHF a year.

Update 2009-05-12: Broad media coverage of the announcement:
Tagesanzeiger/Der Bund/Basler Zeitung
NZZ online
Radio DRS
Linux Community
Computerworld Schweiz

Update 2009-05-12: NZZ reports on same issue in SBB, Swiss IT media reacts:
NZZ on Microsoft at SBB without public procurement

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