NewsForge: Italy is Open for Penguin Business

“Last week saw the first Italian edition of LinuxWorld
Conference & Expo. For three days the Crowne Plaza Hotel in
Milan was filled with stuffed penguins and lots of people
presenting and discussing Linux.

“This Expo was a good occasion to check the status of the
current relationship between free and open source software and
Italian public administrations of any size and scope. To sum it up,
it looks promising, but it’s still schizophrenic. From talk to
talk, visitors noted that public administrations are required by a
government directive to make documents available in non-proprietary
formats, and that digital signatures can be exchanged with the
central administration through Linux…”