[Klug-general] Linux and Open Standards in Public Government Organisations

James Blake jimmyblake at gmail.com
Thu Sep 3 11:53:29 UTC 2009

Further to this email and my last posting, you're right that the  
government is trying to drive open source adoption (as well as cloud  
services).  This is a government-driven policy (i.e MPs), which I was  
lucky enough to contribute to under the Digital Britain consultation.

The actual inplementations (in any part of government that handles  
protectively marked material) will have to be assed by CESG (civil  
servants) before adoption.

As usual government promises are subject to the reality of  


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On 3 Sep 2009, at 12:38, George Prowse <george.prowse at gmail.com> wrote:

> nicolas diogo wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> i have joined a local government institution recently and i am  
>> impressed (if that is the right word) with the lack of open-source  
>> standards used.
>> what i means is that everyone uses MS word 2007, and there is no  
>> interest in using alternatives such as openoffice.
>> likeways, there are many database servers running MSSQL but none  
>> with postgresql or mysql.
>> so i wonder if there are other folks reading this list that some  
>> experience with public government organisations.
>> thanks,
>> Nicolas
> Actually and update to my previous post:
> http://www.bbc.co.uk/opensource/
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7910110.stm
> "The UK government has said it will accelerate the use of open source
> software in public services.
> Tom Watson MP, minister for digital engagement, said open source
> software would be on a level playing field with proprietary software
> such as Windows.
> Open source software will be adopted "when it delivers best value for
> money", the government said.
> It added that public services should where possible avoid being  
> "locked
> into proprietary software". "
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