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[News] Times Online (UK) Does an Article About Free Software and GNU/Linux

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An open source to a brighter future?

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| Giving your core product away is certainly an unusual business strategy, yet 
| some succesful software companies are doing exactly that 
| [...]
| Red Hat, the company which spearheads the development of the Linux operating 
| system, generated revenues of half a billion dollars in the 2008 financial 
| year, the vast proportion of which was profit, while IT company, Sun 
| Microsystems, spent $1 billion in February 2008 to acquire database provider, 
| MySQL.    
| The common thread is that both Linux and MySQL are open source systems. So 
| what is open source?  



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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