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[FYI] UK unveils Open Source policy, may make it 'default' option


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UK unveils Open Source policy, may make it 'default' option  

By John Lettice  

Posted: 23/07/2002 at 15:28 GMT  

The UK government yesterday announced its policy on Open Source 
software, and as far as we can figure out, it seems to be cautiously 
pro. In answer to a parliamentary question (and we strongly suspect 
'plant' here), Home Office minister Douglas Alexander said: "I am 
pleased to announce new policy on the use of Open Source Software 
within UK Government. It explains how we will consider Open Source 
Software solutions alongside proprietary ones in IT procurements and 
award contracts on a value for money basis, seeking to avoid lock-in 
to proprietary IT products and services."  


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