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The Register: UK govt seeks to embrace open source software

Dec 17, 2001, 08:06 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)

[ Thanks to awarman for both links. ]

"The UK government has published the first draft of its proposed policy on the use of open source software and is seeking comments from the public.

The policy essentially seeks to increase the use of open source software at all levels of government and public sector IT provision. Behind this broader acceptance of open source solutions lies a desire to ensure interoperability and the support of open standards and specifications.

The government is also concerned by the security problems. 'Security of government systems is vital,' says the draft policy. 'Properly configured open source software can be at least as secure as proprietary systems, and open source software is currently subject to fewer Internet attacks.'"

Complete Story and the policy draft (available in a PDF or Word document.)

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