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[News] Most Microsoft-friendly Countries Lean Towards Free Software, Finally

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Will the U.S. follow UK into the open source market? 

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| The ‘Open Source, Open Standards and Re-Use: Government Action Plan' released 
| last month praises the benefits of non-proprietary technologies. In a 
| statement accompanying the report, Tom Watson, Minister for Digital 
| Engagement, said that open source was a great example of how people working 
| together can come up with products to "rival and sometimes beat those of 
| giant corporations."     



Tories consider IT contract cap

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| Instead of awarding long-term contracts to large IT companies they could open
| up the procurement process to smaller firms using "open source" software.


Tories Back Open Source Software...They Say

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| Fine words butter no cyber-parsnips, of course, and I'll believe all this
| when I see it. Still, it's a start, and it would be good to see Labour
| finally admitting that its megalomaniacal, monolithic computing projects are
| failures, and adopting the decentralised, distributed approach the Tories are
| advocating here.


Tories consider open source and limit on size of government IT projects

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| Shadow chancellor George Osbourne is considering a report that recommends
| putting a £100m spending cap on government IT contracts and opening up
| procurement to small firms using open source software.


UK Councils to explore Open Source benefits

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| - First-ever UK conference on open source software in local government
| announced - As new US Govt looks at open source, UK called upon to wake up to
| opportunity


Conservatives 'would level open source playing field' says Cameron

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| Conservative leader David Cameron has outlined his party's IT strategy for
| government saying there would be a "level playing field for open source
| software in IT procurement" and no room for projects like the "hubristic NHS
| supercomputer".  

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