Linux Journal: In Spite of Endorsements, Government Linux Projects Still Treading Water

“On Thursday, October 28, the press was abuzz with news of the
United Kingdom’s formal publication of its reports from the
Whitehall buying arm of the Office of Government Commerce’s (OGC)
Linux pilots. The OGC Linux Pilots began last year and were done
across multiple government sectors. The agency’s conclusion says
Linux is ready for government deployment.

“In September 2003, OGC announced it would be coordinating proof
of concept trials of open-source software (OSS) in a range of
public bodies in conjunction with IBM. In December 2003, the OGC
announced that the scope would be extended to include the
involvement of Sun Microsystems. Skeptics said they doubted the UK
would accept Linux, and recent leaks indicated Linux would