March 17, 2004

UK gov backs £1m blueprint for open source switchers

The UK government has announced funding for a 'third force' open source migration project. A group of local authorities led by Rossendale has won
£502,500 of matched funding (i.e. the project is worth double that) for an examination of "the issues associated with migration to Open Source,"
involving a justification of and implementation of open source in three English local authorities, and the production of a report.

So effectively the project intends to use a measure of real life deployment to produce a blueprint for the migration of open source in local
government - this is not a drill. Aside from that point, the project is highly significant for a number of reasons. The Office of Government Commerce
has two groups of trials going on from Sun and IBM, but these are Sun and IBM funded, while this is the first serious effort funded by government as
an independent study.

Link: theregister.com

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