The town hall of Rennes

Rennes – the city and Rennes Métropole (43 municipalities), whose ISD is shared – are going to say bye-bye to Outlook for their messaging, reports 20Minutes : We’re going to save 500.00 euros by bouncing Microsoft,” says Matthieu Theurier, leader of the environmental group.

Rennes had begun studying the issue two years ago, in view of the end of its 700,000 euro contract with the publisher.

The town hall of Rennes

Rennes City Hall, in 2013. Photo: Édouard Hue / Wikimedia Commons / CC by-sa

Laurent Hamon, city councillor in charge of digital usage and metropolitan councillor (EELV) comments for the daily : We have been thinking long and hard about the possibility of using open source software. We realized that we could have better functionality while making money.

The example of Nantes

For the city’s 6,600 or so mailboxes, Zimbra, currently undergoing testing, was chosen after being adapted to the city’s needs; the operation costs 200,000 euros. Rennes will then launch a study in 2018 to move to open source software in the office.

Laurent Hamon cites the example of Nantes, which did so and earned 1.5 million – the Ille-et-Vilaine prefecture hopes to save a million.

Incidentally, reports France Bleu, the city of Rennes and Rennes Métropole wish to favour local or French companies that pay their taxes in France because, as Laurent Hamon reminds us (…) ‘Microsoft does not pay its taxes in France; the tax authorities claim more than 600 million euros from Microsoft’s French subsidiary’ (end of August).

The elected representative is not interested in the Free Software from yesterday, as shown for example in this tweet of October 2014:

Rennes is one of the local authorities that in November 2016 obtained the label Territoire numérique libre, level 4 (out of 5), from the Adullact.

Also read

5 OS- and browser-independent mail managers – 15 November 2016

Express: Toulouse earns one million euros with free software, Morin-Desailly report, European Commission – July 28, 2014

Vancouver, Free City – May 24, 2009