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The Register: UK Unveils Open Source Policy, May Make It 'Default' Option

Jul 23, 2002, 17:30 (5 Talkback[s])
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"The UK government yesterday announced its policy on Open Source software, and as far as we can figure out, it seems to be cautiously pro. In answer to a parliamentary question (and we strongly suspect 'plant' here), Home Office minister Douglas Alexander said: 'I am pleased to announce new policy on the use of Open Source Software within UK Government. It explains how we will consider Open Source Software solutions alongside proprietary ones in IT procurements and award contracts on a value for money basis, seeking to avoid lock-in to proprietary IT products and services...'

"But anyway, what does it say? Open Source software 'has leapt to prominence by starting to take a significant market share in some specific parts of the software infrastructure market,' it cautiously begins, then revs up. 'OSS is indeed the start of a fundamental change in the software infrastructure marketplace, but it is not a hype bubble that will burst and UK Government must take cognisance of that fact...'"

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