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The Register: Shush! OSS Outfit Forms Secret Society to Combat MS Hit Teams

Feb 03, 2004, 14:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"Netproject, the consultancy whose open source desktop pilot triggered large discounts from Microsoft for Newham Borough Council has formed an 'Incubator Club' for organisations considering an open source switch. The membership of the club is being kept confidential, says Netproject's Eddie Bleadsale, because 'we don't want the proprietary vendors to approach members before they have had time to fully evaluate open source.' This we deduce as a reference to one proprietary vendor in particular, but not (hello Sun, hello IBM) exclusively to that one vendor.

"Newham itself concedes that it was able to negotiate with some strength because of the pilot, and its willingness to implement it, while Netproject says that: 'Reacting to to Netproject's credible and practical approach, Microsoft completely changed their attitude towards Newham. They have made many concessions on licensing costs and support. Newham will benefit significantly from these Microsoft concessions but will keep their options open by continuing to evaluate the use of open source through the Netproject demonstrator...'"

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