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LinuxTag: Berlin to Make BetterUse of Its Open-Source

May 31, 2007, 15:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"At the opening of the trade fairs LinuxTag and IT-Profits the Senator of Economics of the German federal state of Berlin Harald Wolf announced in Berlin on Wednesday that his department would from 2008 on be switching to Linux. The controversial IT strategy of the federal state would moreover incorporate open standards to a greater degree, the Senator declared. The shape assumed by Berlin's IT landscape had to be 'an open one,' the politician, who is a member of the left-wing PDS, said, adding that 'I very much want this to go beyond lip service.' This was the only way the 3,700 IT companies in the Berlin-Brandenburg Region, most of which were small and medium-sized enterprises, with their staff of 40,000 people in all, could develop cost-effective and adaptable applications, the Senator averred..."

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