Open Source in UK Government

In March 2002, the UK government presented a draft policy on the use of open source software (‘OSS’) in government. The mere fact that they created such a consultation is significant and welcome, because there is an implicit acknowledgement therein of the value that open source/free software can bring to government systems. Many people, myself included, assert that the widespread use of open source software in government and elsewhere will lead to lower costs, improved interoperability across a diverse range of technologies and a more secure electronic infrastructure.

You can read my response.