Digital sovereignty: Hamburg wants to get away from Microsoft products


After the carefully announced return to open source software in Munich by the SPD and the Greens, more free software will also be used in the administration of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg in the future. This was also agreed by the SPD and the Greens in their coalition negotiations in Germany’s second largest city. The coalition agreement is due today, on June 2, 2020. The parties still have to agree to the contract.

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As the Green Hamburg announced on Twitter, the agreement includes the “Entry into Microsoft exit”. In a Explanation of the results Carsten Brosda (SPD) said that the city administration “not dependent on one side” should be. So those involved want to tackle the problem of so-called vendor lock-in.

In addition, the Hanseatic city “Role model of digital sovereignty” which results in full control of your own systems, which in turn is probably only accessible via open source software. The buzzword digital sovereignty has been used more and more by politicians for some time now, for example by the federal government. Open source companies like Nextcloud like to take that up. The Open Source Business Alliance (OSBA) now even describes itself as “Federal Association for Digital Sovereignty”.

Large parts of the German administration use proprietary products from individual manufacturers or are based on them, this applies in particular to Microsoft’s Windows operating systems. As a pioneer against this development, the City of Munich started the Limux project around the turn of the millennium to use Linux instead. The city council handled the project a few years ago, but now wants to go back to open source.

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