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Is Switzerland Neutral on Open Source?


Open source businesses oppose restricted tender in Switzerland

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| Contracts can in principle be awarded directly without a tendering process, 
| but only where there are specific reasons, for example, technical reasons, 
| for which no suitable alternative exists. The companies behind the lawsuit 
| argue that suitable alternatives clearly do exist in this case.   


Why Microsoft won G2009

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| That effort has now failed and even Open Source Society president Don 
| Christie is prepared to concede that Microsoft has won a victory -- though he 
| believes it will be a short-term one.  
| Christie says Microsoft found the all-of-government approach constricting. In 
| the short term, he says, it's "absolutely a win" for Microsoft as the company 
| will now be free to "milk its clients for licence fees, like a sunset 
| industry".   



Open source businesses oppose restricted tender in Switzerland

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| A group of open source companies has launched a legal action against the
| Swiss Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics (FBL). The agency awarded a
| 3-year, 42 million Swiss franc contract for licence extensions to Microsoft
| following a "no-bid" process for those extensions. Linux specialists Red Hat,
| Univention and Collax, groupware vendors Zarafa and Open-Xchange and a range
| of other companies which earn their living from open source software are now
| protesting against the award.



Red Hat Sues Switzerland Over Microsoft Monopoly

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| £8 million a year to Microsoft, with no public bidding. And that's just the
| tip of the iceberg, say open source activists
| Linux vendor Red Hat, and 17 other vendors, have protested a Swiss government
| contract given to Microsoft without any public bidding. The move exposes a
| wider Microsoft monopoly that European governments accept, despite their lip
| service for open source, according to commentators.
| The Red Hat group has asked a Swiss federal court to overturn a three-year
| contract issued to Microsoft by the Swiss Federal Bureau for Building and
| Logistics, to provide Windows desktops and applications, with support and
| maintenance, for 14 million Swiss Franc (£8 million) each year. The contract,
| for "standardised workstations", was issued with no public bidding process,
| Red Hat's legal team reports in a blog - because the Swiss agency asserted
| there was no sufficient alternative to Microsoft products.


Public Call for Tender Requested: Swiss Group Challenges Microsoft Contracts

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| The Swiss Federal Office for Construction and Logistics (Bundesamt für Bauten
| und Logistik, or BBL) is reported as having purchased Microsoft licenses in
| the order of 42 million Swiss francs (about $38 million). Because no public
| bids were tendered, open source organizations are now requesting a review of
| the decision.


Federal government grants 42 million franks contract to Microsoft — without

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| The Swiss federal government published in the Swiss Official Gazette of
| Commerce that it has granted a maintenance contract over CHF 42 million to
| Microsoft — however, without a prior tender. The monopolist apparently had
| been granted the contract under exclusion of any potential competition.
| The Federal Office of Construction and Logistics (BBL) apparently signed the
| maintenance contract over Windows and Office licenses, SharePoint et cetera
| in February already. A tender had never been held, so competitors had never
| been given a chance to demonstrate their own products. This, however, is
| clearly against the official regulations for acquisition of resources. A
| speaker of the Open Source corporation group /ch/open announced that the
| decision would be contested in front of the Federal Court which,
| incidentally, is a known user of the OpenOffice.org suite.

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