Public Sector to Drive Open-Source Takeup in Germany

Germany’s cash-strapped public sector will be the driving force behind the takeup of open-source software in the country as state-run organizations strive to lower their IT costs, according to a study released Wednesday by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering.

Forty-seven percent of the 115 public administrations polled for the study "Structural Change or Flash in the Pan?" said they estimate cost savings potential of more than 50 percent by using open-source software. Nearly 60 percent said they plan to deploy open-source software as part of the medium or long-term IT strategy.