Biggest ever Spanish open source agreement signed

02/05/2008

Alfresco Software and Intecna Soluciones have signed a strategic open source software agreement with the government of Andalucia.

The project will be the biggest of its kind in Spanish history.

Alfresco, a British provider of open source solutions, will implement the project over a period of three years.

Open source is a relatively new method of making technologies such as enterprise software available to consumers for free.

Head of services of the ministries Francisco Lineros said: 'Under the supervision of the department of IT coordination of the ministry of innovation, science and trade, the project will allow us to optimise investment in this type of application.'

The Spanish government received praise for its continuing commitment to business innovation based on open standards.

Last week, Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth told the BBC that the public was now turning to open source to improve their computing experiences.

Mr Shuttleworth said he had seen a real shift over the last six months, from people seeing open source as either a super-specialist tool for people who run data centres or something only an enthusiast would be interested in, to something which is increasingly popular with the commercial PC industry.