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Indian Government Warming to Free Software, UK Pressured to As Well

  • Subject: Indian Government Warming to Free Software, UK Pressured to As Well
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2011 09:57:35 +0100
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Indian Government Takes the Open Source Route

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| The draft âPolicy On Device Drivers For Procurement Of Hardware For e-
| Governanceâ states that the, âGovernment of India (GOI) endeavours to provide 
| e-governance services, which are technology-neutral, cost-effective, 
| interoperable and vendor-neutral. The GOI Policy on open standards is a step 
| towards meeting this objective in the development of e-governance 
| applications.â The policy will be applicable in all new e-governance projects, 
| as well as in existing ones.
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http://www.linuxforu.com/views/government-views/indian-government-takes-the-open-source-route/

Can Whitehall open up to open source?

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| What's Whitehall's attitude to software procurement? A cynic might sum it up 
| as "nobody ever got sacked for buying Microsoft".
| 
| The current government has vowed to change the civil service mindset that has 
| always preferred to spend money with the biggest firms and has been 
| conservative about open source software.
| 
| The Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has vowed to create a level playing 
| field for open source as part of a drive to cut costs.
| 
| Now a BBC Freedom of Information (FOI) request has given us a glimpse of how 
| big the challenge will be.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14765545
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