UK government backs open source
The UK government has said it will accelerate the use of open source software in public services.
Source: BBC News, Feb 25, 2008
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
Licences for the use of open source software are generally free of charge and embrace open standards, and the code that powers the programs can be modified without fear of trampling on intellectual property or copyright.