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City of Munich receives European Document Freedom Day Prize

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At Document Freedom Day on 30 March 2011, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) awarded the German City of Munich the Document Freedom Day Prize.

"The regional city of Munich shows in an exemplary manner what the city council of a big city in Germany can achieve with free software. With the LiMux project, Munich is a pioneer of open standards use in both Germany and Europe. We hope that many will follow this modern and open attitude." said FSFE President Karsten Gerloff.

LiMux is currently the largest GNU/Linux project in Germany. It is expected that with this project, 80% of the 15,000 PC desktops of the city council of the capital city of Bavaria will have migrated to the free operating system GNU/Linux by 2013. Since 2009, all PC desktops have moved to a free office-communication platform (OpenOffice.org, Thunderbird, Firefox) and almost 6,000 computers have been using the LiMux client. The regional capital city has also developed the document management system Wollmux which was published as free software under the European Union Public License (EUPL) and is available for other users for free as an open standard.

"Munich is a citizen-driven, flexible and open city. This is also reflected in the use of open standards and free software. With the use of open standards, we also strengthen the economy in Munich, by giving the many Munich-based IT service providers the opportunity to participate in the development." said City Mayor Christine Strobl.

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