2007-08-21 20:08:36

Federal courts: Star Office vs. MS Office

The federal courts of Switzerland are currently debating whether to continue the support for open source solutions (UNIXoid systems, Star Office) or whether to go back to Microsoft solutions (Windows, MS Office).

Up to this point, the Federal Court in Lausanne has been pioneering towards an open infrastructure, while the newer courts (the Federal Criminal Court in Bellizona and the Federal Administrative Court in Berne) went for Microsoft-only solutions. However, the Federal Court in Lausanne has already developed a large number of programs solving specific tasks in their specific environment, which makes it a lot harder to switch to the closed Windows platform again.

The reason of the debate was a decision of the parliament to have «IT in one pour». The story is covered in more detail in an article in «Der Bund».

Posted by Tonnerre Lombard | Permanent link | File under: news, standards