"Rome City Council has opted to use open source software for
some applications of a new council portal due to go into operation
in May, a council spokesman said Thursday. Linux software will
initially be used for file-sharing and e-mail correspondence in the
new portal, said Andrea Ambrogetti, a spokesman for communications
councillor Mariella Gramaglio.
"'The council issued a tender for the portal in which it asked
bidders to use the most efficient and economic software. It was the
companies who proposed Linux,' Ambrogetti said. The winning
consortium was led by Italy's former telecom incumbent, Telecom
Italia SpA, he said..."