[ubuntu-uk] local council

Sarah Chard sarah at streetentertainers.co.uk
Sun Feb 13 12:15:39 UTC 2011

On Sun, 2011-02-13 at 11:51 +0000, Sean Miller wrote:
> So I think that the argument that Councils will automatically "save
> money" through moving to FOSS is one that doesn't always stand up to
> scrutiny.
> Ultimately we should be promoting Linux on its merits, rather than on
> costs.

The argument about moving to FOSS for Councils is about avoiding lock-in
and having software that can be adapted by the councils for their use
and shared with other councils because it is open source. It's the long
term value of FOSS that matters.

And yes absolutely we should promote linux and open source generally on
it's merits - that's why we launched our county HOSS awards for
organisations and individuals who have been promoting and using Open
source in Herefordshire -( and we may have a nomination from the council
itself ) - it's all about promoting Open Source as positive so that
others will be encouraged to take it seriously and realise how many
organisations/businesses/individuals actually already use it.


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