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20 Jan 2005

United Kingdom Falling Behind in Open Source

As 2005 starts, more and more organisations are moving tentatively towards free and open source software.There are the well publicised deployments in Munich, Paris and Bergen, and it now looks like the French Gendarmerie Nationale could be getting up to 80 thousand copies of OO.o. If you are a Swiss citizen in Geneve then your tax software CD comes with a free copy of WinLibre an TheOpenCD like package of OpenOffice, Firefox, CDex, Zinf et al.

Meanwhile in the UK, our government seems to be very keen to give as much money as possible to a convicted foreign monopolists noted for poor security, high prices and generally poor software. Even generally pro Microsoft publications like ZD Net are now reporting that UK is falling behind.