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[News] Recommendations for Government to Move to Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Recommendations for Government to Move to Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2010 13:21:42 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Councils need to be more open-minded about IT

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| But this can be taken one step further. By 
| applying the principles of shared services 
| to the exchange of best practice and 
| technical knowledge, web teams from across 
| the country can benefit from each otherâs 
| innovation and experience. And this is 
| where open-source software is critical, 
| particularly for applications such as web 
| content management.
| The question for local authority leaders 
| is whether the enthusiasm for efficiency 
| savings will be enough to overcome 
| traditional barriers to open-source 
| uptake. These have been well documented 
| and include shortage of vendor support, 
| lack of control and worries over cost 
| transparency. Potential users can also be 
| put off by uncertainties about product 
| road maps and, with so many parties 
| involved, over where responsibility lies 
| when things go wrong.


Jeremy Allison and Terri Molini on Open Source for America and change in Washington

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| Jeremy Allison of Google and Terri Molini 
| of Initmarketing, both presenting on 
| behalf of Open Source for America (OSFA), 
| joined us for the first Open Your World 
| Forum.  OSFA is organized to advocate for 
| open source technology use in the US 
| Federal government, and represents  well 
| over a thousand members, including tech 
| industry leaders, non-governmental 
| organizations (NGOs), and academic 
| research institutions.


A CIO for the French Government

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| This news is also great for the open 
| source world: if I understand correctly, 
| the French government is aiming to boost 
| quality of service while reducing costs. 
| And to succeed, I donât see many other 
| alternatives than relying on open source 
| solutions! I cannot imagine a government â 
| which is planning to cut costs â deciding 
| to select expensive and inflexible systems 
| offered by proprietary vendors.



ICT to face crisis in UK Schools

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| We are going to have to face a very
| uncomfortable fact in the coming weeks and
| months. This new Coalition Government is out of
| love with ICT in schools.
| I am certainly not the only pundit who has
| noticed the resounding silence surrounding
| matters ICT amongst the noisy plethora of other
| announcements concerning educational reform.
| All we know so far is that virtually the very
| first act of this government was to abolish
| Becta, an act they had uniquely signalled
| months in advance of coming to power and
| carried out with a ferocity resembling a
| pogrom.
| Something about it, taken in combination with
| stories from ex-Becta employees who
| (subsequently) complained about apparatchik
| style cronyism within the organisation makes me
| think that ICT has been linked deeply with the
| previous administration..and not in a good way.

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