[ubuntu-uk] [marketing] Heads up - Government wants FOSS

Paul Sutton zleap at zleap.net
Fri Jan 29 22:55:27 GMT 2010


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Steve wrote:
> On Fri, 29 Jan 2010 22:14:28 -0000, alan c <aeclist at candt.waitrose.com>  
> wrote:
> 
>> A third attempt at a published Government strategy. It looks even more
>> like it means business than the preceding ones.
>>
>> Open Source, Open Standards and Re-Use: Government Action Plan
>> http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/318020/open_source.pdf
>>
>> Forward (extract)
>> ================================
>> When Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989, he
>> fought to keep it free for everyone.  Since then, not everyone in ICT
>> has displayed quite the same philanthropic spirit and a small number
>> of global organisations dominate. But over the past few years, the
>> people have begun to fight back.  Individuals, working together over
>> the internet, can create products that rival and sometimes beat those
>> of giant corporations.  The age of Open Source is dawning and
>> Government has embraced it, becoming more innovative, agile and
>> cost-effective.
>>
>> (cabinet office)
>> ================================
>>
>>
> Good news.
> Lets hope this filters down through the system to councils and education.
> 
At least they are supporting both ODF and OOXML,  with the latter i
really don't trust MS to keep things as open as they claim,  or if one
day they will er drop support for it totally, in favour of something else.

But all in all its a start, all we need to do is get some of the people
in IT to look at this,  easier said that done that from what I have heard.

Paul

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