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[News] British Government Finally Embraces Free Software and ODF

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Open Source, Open Standards and Re–Use: Government Action Plan

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| Open Source has been one of the most significant cultural developments in IT 
| and beyond over the last two decades: it has shown that individuals, working 
| together over the Internet, can create products that rival and sometimes beat 
| those of giant corporations; it has shown how giant corporations themselves, 
| and Governments, can become more innovative, more agile and more 
| cost-effective by building on the fruits of community work; and from its IT 
| base the Open Source movement has given leadership to new thinking about 
| intellectual property rights and the availability of information for re–use 
| by others.        


UK Government: Starts The Push For FOSS?

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| Whoa! This comes from the Chief Information Office Council. Yes, the 
| Government is so big they can’t have just one CIO like even the biggest 
| Enterprise, they have to have a whole council of them ;-)  


UK Government Getting Real About Open Source

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| As billions of bail-out dollars become trillions, it is clear that we need to 
| be realistic about the nature and the solutions to our world-wide software 
| crisis. Today the world spends more than $3T USD per year on systems that are 
| largely based on vendor lock-in, not value and not free and fair competition. 
| What is most shocking about the $3T USD number is not its sheer size alone, 
| but the fact that fully $1T USD of that number is written off ever year when 
| people are forced to abandon their projects before putting them into 
| production. The place to fix that problem is not in any specific piece of 
| software (most of which has 20-30 defects per 1000 source lines of code), but 
| in the fundamental system of competition that is responsible for ensuring 
| that malignant software can be successfully removed in the first place. The 
| UK Government's decision is a strong step in the direction of properly 
| restoring the right kind of competition in the marketplace. The days of 
| rewarding past performance, especially the performance of amassing billions 
| of dollars based on strategic lock-in, must be put behind us. And we should 
| treat any use of such funds for furthering vendor lock-in as extremely 
| suspect and worthy of an immediate and full investigation.                


Government pushes open source with 10-point plan

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| The government is getting serious about using open source as a building block 
| in systems development. 
| Yesterday its top IT policy-making body, the CIO Council, published a10
| point action plan that frees central and local government departments to use 
| open source systems where possible. 


UK Government policy update supports open source


Open Source? Labour's Working on It

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| There's no doubt that in the UK the winners so far have been the 
| Conservatives, who have seized on open source as a stick with which to beat 
| the current government's miserable record on large-scale IT projects, most of 
| which have been way over budget at best, and utter failures at worst (with 
| some managing both).    
| This has understandably put pressure on Labour to come up with a riposte, and 
| yesterday it was unveiled in the form of something called “Open Source, Open 
| Standards and Re–Use: Government Action Plan” (there's a handy version from 
| WriteToReply here, where you can add your comments.    


Labour disingenously adopts Tory position on open source software 


UK government backs open source

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| The UK government has said it will accelerate the use of open source software 
| in public services. 
| Tom Watson MP, minister for digital engagement, said open source software 
| would be on a level playing field with proprietary software such as Windows.  


Open Source, Open Standards and Re-Use: UK Government Policy

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| The UK Government has made it clear that Open Source and Open Standards, with 
| a focus on re-use of software development and deployment, is to clearly and 
| unequivocably be part of the decision-making for UK Government I.T. 
| procurement and contracting. Also part of the policy is a clear committment 
| to engage with the Free Software community and to actively encourage the 
| development of "Government-Class" Free Software products.      


Is the UK going open source?

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| The new UK initiative however is not a wholesale rip and replace of the 
| proprietary tools it already uses. It does not restrict the use of 
| proprietary software either, but rather 'supports' open standards over closed 
| proprietary lock-in.   


UK Government Endorses Open Source and ODF

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| Late today (UK time), the British Government issued a bold new strategy for 
| use of open source software - and open standards - in Great Britain. In Open 
| Source, Open Standards and Re-Use, the government's Minister for Digital 
| Engagement (yes, really, and he's on Twitter too) significantly revised the 
| brave but toothless policy of 2004 "that it should seek to use Open Source 
| where it gave the best value for money to the taxpayer in delivering public 
| services". This is fantastic news - the digital tipping point is at hand. 
| (The publication is also progressive in having nominated use of the 
| tag "#ukgovOSS" in comment and coverage so it can be found and aggregated).         


Government publishes open-source strategy


Government publishes open-source strategy

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| The announcement follows a recent declaration by shadow chancellor George 
| Osborne that the Conservative Party favours the greater use of open source 
| and would take action to prove a "level playing field".  



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

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