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Free desktops for Europe's public sector

Real Name of Submitter: 
Karsten Gerloff
Company or Project Affiliation: 
Free Software Foundation Europe
Short Bio: 

Karsten Gerloff is the President of the Free Software Foundation
Europe (FSFE) []. He drives FSFE's policy work,
giving Free Software a voice in political decisions that affect us
all, at the European and international level. A focus area of his
expertise is Free Software in the public sector, where he is deeply
involved in advancing standards policies and procurement rules.

Talk Abstract: 

15 million civil servants in Europe are a huge group of potential Free Software users. Today, there are hardly any organisations that do not use at least some Free Software somewhere in their systems. Yet only a tiny fraction of public sector workers actually get to use Free Software desktops. What is preventing greater adoption? And what can we do to speed up the process? While several success cases exist, the big breakthrough is still some way off.

This is an area of key interest for the small and medium enterprises that make up a large part of the Free Software ecosystem.