Open source has long been the ugly stepchild of UK government information technology, but in a recent turn of events, it may finally be gaining ground with the British.
As The Inquirer reports, two open-source companies, Novell UK and Sirius, have been granted access to the UK's ?80 million ($149 million) Software for Educational Institutions Framework, which enables them to supply software to the UK public sector. There may be additional open-source vendors chosen but the official list won't be released until Wednesday, September 24.
How important is this selection? Very.
The UK's procurement frameworks, a fast-track process for public sector purchasers, handled ?4.4bn of business in the year to April 2008. They are not meant to prevent companies not on the lists from selling to the public sector but, said (Mark) Taylor (CEO of Sirius), this had not been the experience of the Open Source community.… Read more