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[News] Free Software to Get Better Chances in the UK After Party Changeover

  • Subject: [News] Free Software to Get Better Chances in the UK After Party Changeover
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2010 23:32:36 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Getting Increased Savings From E-Learning With Licence Free Software

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| A BECTA report into costs of open source 
| software (OSS) in schools(v)found that the 
| annual total cost per PC was less for nearly 
| all the open source software schools at both 
| primary and secondary school levels. For OSS 
| schools, cost per PC at primary school level 
| was half that of non-OSS schools, and cost 
| per PC at secondary school level was around 
| 20% less than that of the non-OSS schools. 
| Annual support costs in individual OSS 
| schools varied widely, but on average were 
| 50â60% of those of their non-OSS 
| counterparts, except OSS secondary schools 
| which had slightly higher costs for informal 
| support.


One in four state IT contracts to go to SMEs, says Cable

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| Small businesses have struggled in the past 
| to win government contracts. Mark Taylor, 
| chief executive of open-source software 
| company Sirius Corporation, welcomed the 
| government pledge.



[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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