Proprietary software companies reacted sharply on Wednesday to plans by the UK government to enforce stricter rules on the use of their software,
particularly where there is a potential for lock-in or where there is an open source alternative.
In a draft consultation document published on Tuesday, the office of the e-envoy sent its clearest signal yet to government departments that they
should pay more attention to open source. The guidelines say that departments should consider open-source software alongside proprietary software in
IT procurements and award contracts on a value-for-money basis -- a measure bound to rankle with proprietary software vendors, who increasingly find
it difficult to compete against open-source software in terms of value-for-money.