In order to build the “Operating System” of the country, building simpler and more efficient services for the citizens, the Public Administration and businesses, the Italian Government created Team Gigitale, the country’s Digital Transformation Team. Following this initiative, a project to develop a user-friendly app was born.
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Open source to most people might means free. A user sees a bug, they consult the community, a fix is offered, an update is made and the user keeps on using the software they downloaded for free in the first place. Yet Adobe brings in €6 billion a year and Canonical makes $100 million a year. Companies like Oracle have a firm commitment to open source projects and still have revenues exceeding $37 billion per year. So, if there is big money in open source software, where does it come from?