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ZDNet UK: UK is an Open-Source 'Third World Country'

Jun 30, 2003, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

"The UK is a 'third world country' compared with the rest of Europe where it comes to public- and private-sector interest in open-source software, an industry lobbyist said on Thursday.

"Mike Banahan, chief technology officer of OpenForum Europe, made the remarks at the Linux User and Developer Expo in Birmingham, by way of introducing the results of research into the way UK firms are using and thinking about open-source software such as Linux. A key finding was that companies are highly uncomfortable with the technical support options available for open-source software, which has traditionally been maintained by the open-source developer community or by experts within the firms using the software..."

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