April 14, 2005

Comment: March on open source in public sector

Towards the end of last year, when I was speculating about what might happen in the area of e-government this year, I said that open source software would start to make a greater impact. I know there are many people who consider open source to be the only way to go forward and that any government not fully committed to it is in some way remiss. As I said before, some of these people seem also to be prepared to die on the cross for their deeply held convictions. And to be fair to people in government, who generally adhere to the basic principles of serving the citizen, they too are keen to look at the potential of open source software for cutting their costs. But the key factor for people in government is that they are obliged to be careful about what they spend and with whom.

Link: siliconrepublic.com


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