Red Hat and Alfresco complain that the Government’s Action Plan for Open Source Software is not delivering.
I’m inclined to ask if they actually read it and what they were expecting it to deliver?. As action plans go, it doesn’t even get to the starting gate of the UK Government’s own Treasury guidelines for performance measurement.
Starting with Action 10 [Government] will engage with the Open Source community, back in February we wrote to the then Minister seeking to explore the narrow, technocratic perspective the report adopted. As we all know FOSS is not a product, it is an approach to development, quality, governance and freedom (of all kinds). We’re still waiting and would love to hear from somebody.
We’re a bunch of SMEs trying hard to get noticed, but if the large organisations don’t talk up what really sets FOSS apart from proprietary software then how is your average public sector decision maker supposed to notice the difference? Perhaps they could start by reading the advice they give to others?
— Gerry Gavigan, OSC Chairman, 25th September 2009
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I’ve already written about my perception that the permafrost is melting (In Touch, Pigs are flying) and that people are beginning to look for alternatives to Microsoft or Apple, here’s another example…
Continue reading Further melting of the permafrost
Microsoft have just launched a new initiative with the aim of “enabling the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities”
Continue reading Codeplex: “Summer of Code” or “Winter of Discontent”?
There’s a very interesting interview with Con Zymaris the chief executive of Cybersource, an Australian open source solution provider.
Continue reading Delete “Australia” insert “UK”
IBM have filed a “friend of the Court” brief as the USA Supreme Court considers “Re: Bilski”.
Continue reading Software patents…
In Touch is a radio programme that covers a range of matters for people who are blind or partially sighted.
Tonight the issue of file format (in)compatibilities cropped up for e-books and so forth. One listener even complained that they couldn’t use their Linux computer.
Continue reading Radio 4 “In Touch” and file formats
I’ve just received a reminder to use or lose my Linux Counter registration (#158211 since you ask) and logging on tells me that I registered on 22 Dec 1999, about 4 or 5 months after I’d started with SuSE 6.something.
Continue reading Linux Counter Project
In earlier episodes, readers may recall Ashley Highfield vigorously defending the need for BBC to be the one and only
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I picked up September’s Which? getting ready to be suitably annoyed about a review of netbooks. After many years of ignoring or dismissing GNU/Linux, they have succeeded in astonishing me.
Continue reading Pigs are flying