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[News] UK Government to Help Software Freedom, Potentially Give Education Another Chance

  • Subject: [News] UK Government to Help Software Freedom, Potentially Give Education Another Chance
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 May 2010 08:26:20 +0100
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[UK] Joint plans for government published

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| We will create a level playing field for 
| open-source software


Open source software in UK schools...it missed the boat

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| Buying an Open Source solution is 
| becoming much the same as buying a 
| proprietary one...which is a good thing.
| Well, we have a new Government, spending 
| cuts have begun and speculation about how 
| schools will be affected is well under 
| way. Naturally the likes of me are 
| looking for clues as to how ICT in 
| schools will be changed.
| Last week the NAHT railed against the 
| excessive costs of outsourced ICT, this 
| week yet another public IT project went 
| belly-up as a result of naÃve 
| outsourcing. This time it was to a giant 
| French IT company who promised the Met 
| Police 'massive savings' in their Payroll 
| and HR systems..hah!
| So is it safe to assume that the gloss is 
| going off outsourcing?..maybe... it all 
| depends on just how savvy are our new 
| masters and mistresses in parliament.



FOSS vendors lick chops over ConLib IT plans

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| Of course both the Tories and the LibDems
| currenty face an overwhelming problem with
| a multi-billion pound deficit. So is the
| pledge to support open source software
| procurement - that might just help drive
| down some costs - a happy coincidence for
| the Camelegg jamboree?
| "With the current coalition exploring a
| rather unchartered territory [sic] of
| power sharing and common interests, it
| will be interesting to see what change the
| new Cabinet will bring to the UK public IT
| policy,â Ingres global ops veep Steve
| Shine told The Register following the
| coalition's formation.


UK dominates European ICT services market

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| The report also covered the open-source
| market, noting that Europe is the world's
| "main contributor" to the open-source
| software community. In 2008, open source
| accounted for â4bn (Â3.4bn) of the total
| â229bn value of the European software
| market. However, the report's authors
| predicted that the open-source software
| market will reach a value of â12bn in 2012
| â a growth rate of 30-40 percent per year.

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