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SCO Leader Promotes Open Source to UK Business Forum

Sep 24, 2002, 17:30 (2 Talkback[s])

Darl McBride, president and CEO of The SCO Group today addressed government and business leaders at the United Kingdom's annual Commonwealth Business Forum.

Speaking on the growing trend of Open Source software use in government, McBride presented ideas on how governments can modernize their IT environments, while considering all of the advantages and issues with using Open Source and proprietary software.

According to the Initiative for Software Choice, there are currently 66 government proposals, statements and studies promoting Open Source software in 25 countries.

"Open Source has taken the information technology industry by storm in recent years, especially in the areas of web servers, e-mail, and Linux operating systems," said McBride. "Governments are increasingly considering Open Source software because of its lower costs and its ability to work with existing applications."

The Commonwealth Business Forum is held to coincide with the annual gathering of finance ministry representatives from more than two dozen Commonwealth countries throughout the world. Commonwealth countries and especially those from developing countries are looking to Open Source software as an alternative to restrictive and proprietary solutions on the market today.

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