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> >From The Register
> Danish local govt. rebels against MS license terms
> By John Leyden
> Posted: 19/02/2002 at 16:39 GMT
> Danish local government is evaluating open sources alternatives to Microsoft
> desktop software, in response to a proposed 30 per cent price hike for
> Windows 2000 and Office 2000 licenses.
> The new terms incorporate a software leasing model - forcing councils to
> install the newest versions of Microsoft software, whether they need them or
> Hans Lembøl, an IT manager for the city of Slagelse, in Denmark, said.
> "We don't think council payers money should be spent in this way, we don't
> see where we get value," Lembøl told us.
> "In looking at alternatives its not just that we're annoyed with Microsoft,
> we want to look for products that give the right price and value for the
> Seven Danish IT directors, including Lembøl, have got together under the
> auspices of the Association of Danish Municipalities, to investigate open
> source software packages as an alternative to Microsoft products.
> In particular, they are interested in StarOffice 6 (a full version of which
> is due in March) because of the potential savings it offers over Office
> 2000, and because it could be rolled out with minimum disruption.
> Moving to StarOffice could save roughly €100 per user annually in licensing
> charges, Lembøl estimates. Upon completion of a product evaluation, lasting
> between two to three months, of StarOffice 6, the group of seven managers
> plans to put forward recommendations to their peers in other municipal
> The recommendations are not mandatory but the prospect of 275 municipalities
> with 55,000 desktops eyeing open source alternatives is unwelcome news for
> After completing an evaluation of StarOffice, Lembøl and his colleagues plan
> to evaluate Linux as a replacement for Windows 2000 on the server (and
> possibly desktop), though looking at an alternative to Office remains top of
> the agenda.
> "This is not a case of warfare against Microsoft. The primary object of the
> evaluation is not to put pressure at Microsoft, we just want freedom of
> choice in buying or leasing software. If Microsoft changed its opinion
> towards pricing policy we'd appreciate it," Lembøl said.
> "We don't disregard the qualities of coherence Microsoft gives us but we
> have a commitment to find alternatives that will enable municipalities to
> save money." ®
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> What the hell is Microsoft's new software licensing program
> Korea migrates 120K civil servants to Linux desktop
> Sun unveils kinder, gentler StarOffice (beta release)
> Finnish city closer to switch from Windows to Linux
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