[ubuntu-uk] [marketing] Heads up - Government wants FOSS
yorvik.ubunto at googlemail.com
Fri Jan 29 23:09:28 GMT 2010
On Fri, 29 Jan 2010 22:55:27 -0000, Paul Sutton <zleap at zleap.net> wrote:
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> Steve wrote:
>> On Fri, 29 Jan 2010 22:14:28 -0000, alan c <aeclist at candt.waitrose.com>
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> (cabinet office)
>> Good news.
>> Lets hope this filters down through the system to councils and
> 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
> 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
I fear it may take a long, long time for things to get moving. They still
haven’t got round to sorting a minor problem on the Job Centre systems.
They can’t print £ and haven’t for nearly ten years.
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