[ubuntu-uk] [Fwd: [SWLUG] Open government IT projects]

Benjamin Webb bjwebb67 at googlemail.com
Mon Jan 22 15:55:24 GMT 2007

Interesting idea, I think I might sign it. Just one thing so, could you give
me some examples of the programs this would apply to - just want to know
what I'm asking to be freed up by putting my name on there.


On 22/01/07, Andrew Price <andy at andrewprice.me.uk> wrote:
> Slightly off-topic I'm afraid. Thought this might be interesting to some
> of the Ubuntu UK team members...
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [SWLUG] Open government IT projects
> Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 12:35:24 +0000 (GMT)
> From: Steve Hill <steve at nexusuk.org>
> To: discuss at swlug.org
> I've created a petition on the E-petitions website, promoting the idea
> that the tax payer should have access to the source code of IT projects we
> have paid for:
>      http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Open-IT-projects/
> Please sign it if you agree with the principle (obviously there are
> exceptions where projects cannot be open, such as defense, etc).
> "Software written using public funds should have it's source code
> published under a distribution licence that has been declared Free by the
> Free Software Foundation, rather than remaining a closed secret.
> This would allow for more of the public to benefit from the development of
> the software since the code would be available for anyone to use and
> improve. Furthermore, compatibility with other Free licences (such as the
> GPL) would promote rapid development and reduced costs through the reuse
> of existing code.
> An open development model would also allow the public to be more informed
> of the progress and quality of these projects, which so frequently seem to
> end up severely over budget."
> --
>   - Steve
> --
> ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com
> https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-uk
> https://wiki.kubuntu.org/UKTeam/
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