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ZDNet UK: 'Default' Open-Source Licensing Plans Under Fire

Mar 12, 2004, 16:00 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Proprietary software companies reacted sharply on Wednesday to plans by the UK government to enforce stricter rules on the use of their software, particularly where there is a potential for lock-in or where there is an open source alternative.

"In a draft consultation document published on Tuesday, the office of the e-envoy sent its clearest signal yet to government departments that they should pay more attention to open source. The guidelines say that departments should consider open-source software alongside proprietary software in IT procurements and award contracts on a value-for-money basis--a measure bound to rankle with proprietary software vendors, who increasingly find it difficult to compete against open-source software in terms of value-for-money.

"Furthermore, government departments are banned from using products that do not support open standards and specifications, they will seek to avoid lock-in to proprietary products and services, and will consider obtaining full rights to any bespoke code that they commission..."

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