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Survey in Italy: OpenOffice.org Usage in 50% of Companies, GNU/Linux at 63%

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Summary: One survey -- however biased it may be -- claims and demonstrates that Italy's adoption of Free software is well ahead of the rest of the world

EARLIER today we wrote about Free software migrations in France. Another European country which moves quite rapidly towards Free software would be Italy, whose story we told a year ago using heaps references that are success stories. According a new Italian survey that Glyn Moody cites, "50% of companies use OpenOffice.org; 63% use GNU/Linux."



The original article, which is in Italian, can be found here. It states:

Tra gli altri risultati significativi del sondaggio: il 63% adotta in azienda sistemi operativi open source, il più noto dei quali è sicuramente Linux.


A reader who speaks Italian, David Alberto Osso, has just provided us with the following translation into English:

"More than the doubts, could cut the budget" said the informatics, who always came with bigger decisions, are adopting the open source suite Open Office.

In fact, according to a survey conducted on the premises of Club Bit di Unindustria Treviso, now more than 50% of companies adopted a package of office productivity that goes into direct competition with Microsoft Office.

The principal reason of this election is obviously in the fact that this saves the cost of the Licenses, that mean for companies with 100 or more employees tens of thousands per year.

It is also true that by now have mostly been allayed the doubts relative to Open Office and that the problems were mainly technical assistance. Many companies are now able to provide support for the Open Office package. Anyway, companies can also easily make do with the strength of a notable supporting documentation, and with specific online help groups.

Among other significant results of the survey: 63% in the company adopts open source operating systems, the most notable of which is definitely Linux.


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