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 Post subject: UK government now mandating open source software preference
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:54 pm 
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http://www.smartcompany.com.au/information-technology/054743-uk-government-now-mandating-open-source-software-preference.html

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“Use open source software in preference to proprietary or closed source alternatives, in particular for operating systems, networking software, web servers, databases and programming languages," the manual states.

The manual also warns public servants to be wary of being locked into a single supplier or developer in "rare' cases where no open source alternative is viable.

“Problems which are rare, or specific to a domain, may be best answered by using software as a service, or by installing proprietary software,” the document states.

“In such cases, take care to mitigate the risk of lock-in to a single supplier by ensuring open standards are available for interfaces.”


I've often wondered why this isn't a policy already.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:19 am 
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http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source-software/china-standardize-around-local-version-of-ubuntu-215052

Even China is doing it.


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This is good, open source software should be considered on equal footing with other options. As unfortunately open source software doesn't have armies of highly paid salespeople to push open source at every opportunity.

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This is good, open source software should be considered on equal footing with other options. As unfortunately open source software doesn't have armies of highly paid salespeople to push open source at every opportunity.


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