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Swedish Police to go open source

Computer Sweden reports that the Swedish National Police Board wants to save 200 million SEK over the next 5 years with open source solutions. It is estimated this will save at least 50% on the Board’s current IT costs, as well as providing more freedom of choice, according to Lena Charpentier, the Board’s Director of IT. The plans are mostly concerned with server applications, rather than desktops, and are reported to include:

  • Suse Linux as the operating system;
  • JBoss as an applications server;
  • MySQL for databases; and
  • Apache for web servers.

They also have some plans to try out Open Office on desktops machines, although there are not believed to be any plans to trial Linux on desktops.

If your Swedish is good enough, you may fancy reading the original article.