[cc-community] Omigod. The world just turned upsidedown.
d.berry at sussex.ac.uk
Fri Mar 9 04:24:28 EST 2007
Open source politics
Shadow Chancellor George Osborne has promised that an incoming
Conservative (UK) government would create a level playing field for
open source software in the UK, in a move which could save taxpayers
more than £600 million a year.
In a speech at the Royal Society of Arts, he also announced the
appointment of Mark Thompson, of the Judge Business School at
Cambridge University, to advise the Party on how to make Britain the
open source leader in Europe.
Mr Osborne reckoned that opening up the market in software would
enable the Government to slash 5 per cent off Whitehall's annual IT
bill, because open software allows users to read, change and improve
its code, in contrast to proprietary software where a company
controls the source code.
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