Open Source in Local Government

James Sweeney jsweeney at
Wed Apr 21 16:17:03 BST 2010

Hi all,

First off let me introduce myself - I'm James Sweeney an 
analyst/developer with Limerick City Council. We are, as you can 
imagine, heavily invested in Microsoft technologies. We are however 
taking our first steps to introducing open source technologies. The city 
manager has been using Ubuntu as his primary desktop for a number of 
years now so we have good buy in and are eager to progress. We have a 
groupware solution rolled out to a small number of users thanks to ebox 
and egroupware.

In order to roll out groupware to more users (we have ~400 desktop users 
here in the council) we are looking for a suitable open source partner. 
Could someone recommend a suitable Irish company that specialises in 
open source (Linux/mail/LDAP)? As I mentioned we have used ebox so far 
but I would prefer to move away from this and deal directly with the 
individual modules, rather than the ebox "tick the box and it does 
everything magically" approach.

I would appreciate any recommendations or referrals to companies that 
have done a similar migration from M$ to open source.

Feel free to contact me at my details below.

Thanks for your time,

James Sweeney
IS Analyst/Developer
Data, Web and GIS Services,
Limerick City Council,
City Hall, Limerick
Tel: +353 61 407311
Mail: JSweeney at

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