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Re: [News] [Rival] British Government Shills for Microsoft

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____/ Mark Kent on Thursday 14 Jan 2010 13:21 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> Government Plugs Microsoft With Online Training Course
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| The government is promoting Microsoft's
>>| proprietary software as part of a plan to get
>>| more UK adults online, despite arguing for
>>| greater adoption of open source in the past
>>| [...]
>>| Some open source supporters may object to
>>| elements of the new scheme however as, although
>>| the Online Basics course is supposed to be an
>>| independent education project, the site contains
>>| a link to Microsoft's own learning network â
>>| Microsoft Digital Literacy â which includes
>>| guidance on how to use Microsoft products. In
>>| February 2009, the UK government said it
>>| intended to use open source to save Â600 million
>>| a year and published guidelines the that effect
>>| but, despite this, the UK lags badly at open
>>| source, using it less than countries like Mali,
>>| open source activists said at a meeting in
>>| September.
>> `----
>> http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/government-plugs-microsoft-with-online-training-course-2995
>> Home Access programme goes national
>> http://www.computing.co.uk/computing/analysis/2255981/home-access-programme-goes
>> Will there be Free software?
> The problem here is that those folk in HMG making these decisions have
> so little technical knowledge that they are readily bamboozled by
> salespeople from Microsoft and elsewhere.
> Sadly, here, the money involved helps to maintain the corruption.

It turns out now that Microsoft is involved here (and BECTA of course).

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