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  5.  <title>FSFE explains the importance of Free Software to the administration
  6. of Region Lazio, Italy.</title>
  7. </head>
  8. <body>
  9.  <h1>FSFE explains the importance of Free Software to the administration
  10. of Region Lazio, Italy.</h1>
  12. <p>
  13. Last May 23th, the Council of Region Lazio, Italy, approved a Regional Law
  14. on "Reuse of information and public data, and connected initiatives". With
  15. further regulation, methods and technical rules for reusing software will be
  16. determined. In the meantime, we proposed them a checklist of motivations by
  17. which both Institutions and the Community would be advantages by a migration
  18. to systems based on Free Software.
  19. </p>
  20. <h2>
  21. Adaptability, control, support for innovation and economical development.
  22. </h2>
  23. <p>
  24. Free Software can be freely modified. The Public Administration can adapt
  25. him to her needs, how best required, with a flexibility advantage. In
  26. case the PA wouldn't have the necessary human resources, she can demand
  27. the adaptation to local partners, who don't have to refer to any software
  28. vendor. This advantages the local industry and encourages competition among
  29. different developers or providers of IT services: Free Software adoption
  30. allows to foster the development of private economical initiatives, and of
  31. technologically innovative projects. Actually, the freedom to modify software
  32. allows to private economical operators to directly operate on software.
  33. </p>
  34. <h2>
  35. Software Reuse
  36. </h2>
  37. <p>
  38. Free Software is characterized by a type of licence allowing use, analysis,
  39. modification and redistribution of software. Thanks to Free Software, public
  40. authorities can use software already developed, or they can provide their
  41. own solutions to other public authorities. This favours cooperation among
  42. different entities, and allows to save on public resources, assigning them
  43. to developments to improve software features. Indeed, problems faced
  44. by different organisms tend to be similar, and can be solved efficiently
  45. with a common effort.
  46. </p>
  47. <h2>
  48. Absence of licensing costs
  49. </h2>
  50. <p>
  51. The use of Free Software allows public authorities to nullify licence
  52. costs. This does not mean that adopting Free Software is a costless
  53. choice. Implementation, adaptation, technical support, maintenance, staff
  54. training are activities which generate costs. A part of those costs are to
  55. be faced also in case of choice of a proprietary solution, but given its
  56. flexibility and the free competition among suppliers, Free Software will be
  57. by far the more cost-effective choice in the long run.
  58. </p>
  59. <h2>
  60. Support for innovation
  61. </h2>
  62. <p>
  63. The freedom to study and modify software favours innovation and
  64. cooperation among citizens and institutions. Free Software introduces
  65. a model of conduct based on solidarity and civic commitment.
  66. </p>
  67. <h2>Links</h2>
  68. <p><a href="">Original text of the letter (Italian)</a></p>
  69. </body>
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