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UK Government Report Approves Open Source

Oct 28, 2004, 13:45 (1 Talkback[s])

BBC: UK Report Says Linux is 'Viable'

[ Thanks to Ramon Casha for this link. ]

"UK government departments moved a step closer to using open-source operating systems such as Linux after a study found that they were 'viable' products.

"The software could 'generate significant savings,' according to the Office of Government Commerce (OGC)..."

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The Guardian: A Cool Embrace

"The government is set to clear the way for the use of open source software on hundreds of thousands of government desktops--but plans to keep the door open to Microsoft, too. The announcement, the first significant shift in policy on open source for more than two years, is likely to follow the publication of results from trials showing that 'free' software works and saves money.

"However, the new policy is unlikely to quell critics of the close relationship between Microsoft and the British government, its largest customer outside the US. Microsoft, meanwhile, will continue to argue that its software works out cheaper than 'free' programs when measured by total cost of ownership..."

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