London Mayor Ken Livingstone has ordered a report into the benefits and pitfalls of open-source software, as part of an attempt to close the UK
capital's digital divide.
A policy statement on London's strategy for information and communication technology (ICT), published on Thursday by the Greater London Authority
(GLA), reveals that Livingstone is looking to Linux as a way of fighting social exclusion.
"As a further means of making the Internet more easily affordable, the Mayor believes that there is a strong case for businesses, Government and the
community sector to consider using open-source software," states the report, called "Connecting the capital: information and communications technology