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Re: Tories Want Open Source in Whitehall

  • Subject: Re: Tories Want Open Source in Whitehall
  • From: William Poaster <wp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2007 00:39:11 +0000
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On Thu, 08 Mar 2007 21:14:44 +0000, Mark Kent wrote:

> B Gruff <bbgruff@xxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> On Thursday 08 March 2007 20:30 B Gruff wrote:
>> 
>>> On Thursday 08 March 2007 19:59 ray wrote:
>>> 
>>>> On Thu, 08 Mar 2007 17:59:09 +0000, Mark Kent wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> ray <ray@xxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>>>>> On Thu, 08 Mar 2007 16:47:35 +0000, B Gruff wrote:
>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> I guess whichever government is in, one can often count on the
>>>>>>> Opposition:-
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> --------------------------------
>>>>>>> The government could save more than £600 million a year if it used
>>>>>>> more open source software, the shadow chancellor has estimated.
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 600 million pounds is 5% of the IT bill?
>>>>> 
>>>>> Seems reasonable... We have a lot of schools, colleges, civil
>>>>> service, police, militaries, NHS, agencies, not to mention local
>>>>> government.  In fact, I'm surprised that it's so low as 600 million,
>>>>> when I think about it...
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>> Sounds a bit hight to me - that's roughly $20 billion (us billion) for
>>>> the total IT bill.
>>> 
>>> High?
>>> 
>>> The total IT bill for the whole of the UK in 2004 was estimated at over
>>> 73 Billion UK pounds.  Heaven alone knows what it is now.
>> 
>> A bit more googling, and I find that PUBLIC Sector IT spend was 21
>> Billion EURO in 2005.
>> In pounds (today) that's about 14.3 Billion, but it will have gone up.
>> 
>> Nevertheless, 5% of that would be 715 Million UKP, so (pardon the pun!)
>> he was being VERY conservative!
>> 
>> http://www.kablenet.com/kd.nsf/Frontpage/CC6F7987908AC1A7802570120031EB7C?OpenDocument
>> 
>> 
> /Now/ you can see why Microsoft are so so keen to get all these government
> contracts; it effectively gives them direct access to our tax funds, like
> giving them the safe combination, or a shared credit-card or something. 
> When there are free software options supported by local companies, then
> this is clearly an unacceptable state of affairs.

> Furthermore, imagine what the total governance IT bill for the major
> industrialised nations is?  Imagine how much of that Microsoft have got
> their hands on...

And Bliar gives the bugger an honorary knighthood... 
Maybe they should be looking into why:
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/funding/story/0,,2027366,00.html 

> Now you can see why they send trolls into groups like this.  The money at
> stake here is vast - the cost of a few hundred or even a few thousand
> people to astroturf is insignificant by comparison with the revenue from
> probably just a couple of Government contracts, let alone what amounts to
> a global monopoly.

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