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Old 03-08-2007, 11:41 AM   #1
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UK: Tories want open source Whitehall - BBC News

It seems the conservative party in Britain want to open source some of the government's departments:

Never thought I'd see the day...
Old 03-08-2007, 03:56 PM   #2
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Thats really funny as far as I'm concerned. I never thought open source would work well with these groups of people, because when you stop to analyze it, open source can be viewed mostly left, to far left (GNU-Stallman), therefore I could never imagine conservatives/right-wingers even consider using open source stuff.
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Yeah, but if it saves them money...
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Well, currently the government is trying to save money by laying off thousands of civil servants, outsource everything, hire in consultants and drive all spend off the books and into PFI projects. Kudos to the Tories (assuming this is a real thing and not just "blue sky thinking") for looking at saving money without reducing functionality.
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Yeah, I know - I am all in favour of both saving money without losing people their job, and spreading the word of Open Source, it just seemed a little bit ironic they suggested it first!

edit: spreading the word?? I should listen to what I say more!... I'm not an open source nut, honest!

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I think this is good news, not only for the open source community but for our country as a whole. If this change takes place, we will hopefully see more awareness of the open source community, and how it can benefit people in many ways.
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Labour's been moving to the Right, Tories are moving to the Left. Soon they'll disappear up each other's.....
Old 03-10-2007, 05:08 PM   #8
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I hope they do switch to open-source. More and more people are going to switch to linux now that vista cost so much and you usually need hardware upgrades to run it.
Did you guys read that story about the FAA might switch to linux?
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Some thoughts,

There is also the requirement that government information needs to be freely available to all citizens. Whilst open format documents can be read in Windows systems there is an argument that true freedom of information could mean both free as in freedom of speech and as in free beer. Currently public libraries in the UK use Windows but a highly modified version, I am of the opinion that in the longer term such customisation, linked with the need to make information freely available may lead to a move to open source if the initial inbuilt conservatism (small 'c') can be overcome. This is already starting in France where significant sections of the government are moving over to suse as their operating system.

As Linux becomes easier to configure (my mum and dad use it and think is is "much easier than that one that came with the computer") then the transition costs will be much reduced for institutions worried about retraining their staff.

To be honest, if you are not doing the configuration yourself then Gnome is dead simple (ask Mrs Monkey for proof, she couldn't use a mouse 18 months ago).

My two shillings worth.

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Old 03-12-2007, 05:42 AM   #10
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@Kirmonkey: Good points well made.

Personally, I'm all in favour of there being more open source software in public places. I know this isn't the same as having it in government, but every time I see an internet café that's using Windows, I can't help but think what advantage using Windows has over Linux: from the end user's point of view, the two are much of a muchness.
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that gives me a reson to vote tory next election!
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Hmmm.... I wonder if Lib Dems have thought about something like this?
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It proves yet again that in spite of ideologies, common sense always works.


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