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Dortmund relies on Free Software – This paves the way for Public Money? Public Code!

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With a groundbreaking resolution, Dortmund has committed itself to the use of Free Software. With an overwhelming, cross-faction majority, the city council has paved the way for "Public Money? Public Code!” In the future, software developed or commissioned by the administration will be made available to the general public.

Back in February, the city council approved a motion previously submitted by the SPD, Bündnis90/Die Grünen, CDU, Die Linke+ and FDP/Bürgerliste. In the future, Free Software is to be used wherever possible and software developed or commissioned for development by the administration is to be made available to the general public. Dortmund is thus following the principle of "Public Money? Public Code!" - code paid for by all should be available to the people! The minutes of the meeting published today show with what unity the council stands behind the principle: The motion passed unanimously. (Although the FDP/Bürgerliste abstained from the vote due to a different amendment on a different point, but introduced the motion and is still in favor). The result was made possible by the consistent efforts of the DO-FOSS initiative, which also supported the "Public Money? Public Code" campaign of the FSFE.

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Free software becomes a standard in Dortmund, Germany

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    LibreOffice is free and open source software, which means that it’s much more than zero-cost. Anyone can study how it works, modify it, and share those modifications with other users. (So the “free” is more about freedom than price.)

    There are many other well-known free software projects, such as the GNU/Linux operating system, Firefox web browser, and Thunderbird email client. Free software helps companies, organisations and governments to reduce costs, improve reliability and free themselves from dependence on a single vendor.

    Now, the Council of the German city of Dortmund has announced that it’s moving to free and open source software, where possible.

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    We have witnessed many German cities (like Munich) switching back and forth between open-source software and proprietary solutions for their administrative workplace and public offerings.

    Now, it looks like another German town “Dortmund” is going open-source and for all good reasons.

    It is interesting to note that it is the 8th largest city of Germany as per Wikipedia. Let’s take a brief look at what they had to say about it.

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    The city of Dortmund has ushered in the political turning point and begun the exit from the proprietary era. Now it is important that the city finds the appropriate means to implement this process practically, by means of a proprietary exit strategy and to dissolve existing vendor lock-in. For Do-FOSS, the decision of the Memorandum 2020 to 2025 is the result of a functioning democratic local discourse. The practical management work for Free Software has the necessary political backing to succeed.

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