The Berlin-based union of the German police issued a press release two days ago, where they said that their “Poliks” system to handle reports isn’t stable and reliable enough. Taking up a report into that system often would take between 30 and 90 minutes, which would be awkward. Also, the 73 million Euro system would crash far too often. This years’ consolidated downtimes summed up to more than 50 hours.The demand of the police union now is to drop the Microsoft-based software and to reconsider the usage of free and open source systems instead. The saved money could then be used to pay the officers their full christmas gratification.

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14 years 27 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago


They should also insist that whatever

They should also insist that whatever systems they're using on top of the operating system are open source too, with source code being a requirement from subcontracted software suppliers. That way the whole system becomes more viable in the long term, giving taxpayers value for money and avoiding high dependency upon any single vendor.

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