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Friday, 30 September 2011

UK public administration's use of open source growing in importance

This may be a little difficult for our readers to understand as the real problem of OpenSource software (Free Software)  is that Politicians can't get any perks (nice dinners in top restaurants, nice visits to factories in exotic countries), if they choose softare readily available for free on the Internet.
For example I have a full "Office" style program that readers would pay well over £300 for which is available for free downloading from the Internet (LibraOffice). And I can open, and save in a Microsoft format!

The following is from an European Union document:
Open source is a topic rising in importance for public administrations in the United Kingdom. Very recent examples of public administrations turning to this type of software include city and county councils, hospitals and government departments, and politicians increasingly recognise its importance. 
Last March, the cabinet unveiled its new ICT strategy, in which the use of this type of software is one of the ten key themes. To tackle the failing of big and complex IT projects, and to increase sharing and reuse of IT and data, the cabinet says that it wants to 'create a level playing field for open source software'. A second theme is to 'impose compulsory open standards, starting with interoperability and security'.


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