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Barcelona Will Be the Next Major Open Source Failure (Premium)

Paul Thurrott
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The city of Barcelona plans to switch to Linux and other Open Source software solutions by the end of 2018.

The city of Barcelona plans to switch to Linux and other Open Source software solutions by the end of 2018. This is an amazingly clueless decision, given the technological inferiority of the products it has chosen. And like Munich before it, Barcelona will come to regret this decision and the financial disaster that it will entail.

"The funds that come from the citizens have to be invested in systems that can be reused and open to a local ecosystem," a translated quote from Barcelona Commissioner of Technology and Digital Innovation Francesca Bria to the periodical El Pais reads. "[The goal is] to avoid spending so much money on services that have substantial licensing costs."

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