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[News] Microsoft Dumps on the UK to Block Free Software

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Microsoft to offer discounts to public sector 

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| Microsoft has signed a deal with Buying Solutions, the UK government's 
| public-sector procurement agency, in which the software company has agreed to 
| offer its highest level of discount to all public-sector organisations in the 
| country.   
| [...]
| Mark Taylor, chief executive of the Open Source Consortium, told ZDNet UK on 
| Thursday that the figure of £75m was only a "notional saving" because "the 
| values that Microsoft attribute to their software [are] obvious nonsense".  
| "No-one has been able to [find out] what is actually being spent by the 
| government on software licences," Taylor, who also heads up the open-source 
| services company Sirius, added. "It's nonsense giving a notional saving 
| without revealing what the actual cost is."   
| Taylor also criticised the government's open-source policy document, 
| saying: "It's not an action plan because an action plan has specific actions, 
| a deadline and someone responsible for achieving them." He said that "even a 
| mild move to free software in the UK public sector would save £600m a year".   



Tories consider IT contract cap

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| Instead of awarding long-term contracts to large IT companies they could open
| up the procurement process to smaller firms using "open source" software.


Tories Back Open Source Software...They Say

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| Fine words butter no cyber-parsnips, of course, and I'll believe all this
| when I see it. Still, it's a start, and it would be good to see Labour
| finally admitting that its megalomaniacal, monolithic computing projects are
| failures, and adopting the decentralised, distributed approach the Tories are
| advocating here.


Tories consider open source and limit on size of government IT projects

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| Shadow chancellor George Osbourne is considering a report that recommends
| putting a £100m spending cap on government IT contracts and opening up
| procurement to small firms using open source software.


UK Councils to explore Open Source benefits

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| - First-ever UK conference on open source software in local government
| announced - As new US Govt looks at open source, UK called upon to wake up to
| opportunity

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