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Silicon.com: Newham's Tough Choices

Dec 14, 2004, 22:45 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The London borough of Newham ranks up there with Munich in Germany and Bergen in Norway as a battleground for open-source software that is well-known to many in IT. But unlike those continental cities, Newham is famous as the site of a recent defeat for those backing free (as in unrestricted) software.

"Does this make Newham and its IT chiefs closed-minded, naïve or even cunning in negotiating licences, as some would have us believe? It's hard to answer every such question but a deal announced by the council on Friday with HP, for managed services, suggests there is more to tell on their approach to technology than a headline-grabbing Microsoft versus Linux frenzy..."

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