The whole challenge of proprietary software isn’t an inherent lack of openness. As the author points out, Microsoft is currently doing a lot around open source. But they have the legal right to change direction tomorrow, and then where are we?
It’s no easy thing for a government to move away from Microsoft. But there are success stories. Like Largo, Florida.
Moving to open source could be a disaster for Barcelona. Or it could be the best thing that ever happened to the city. Technologists need to be open to both possibilities.