UK Conservative Party Pro Open Source
Shadow Chancellor George Osborne has promised that an incoming Conservative (UK) government would create a level playing field for open source software in the UK, in a move which could save taxpayers more than £600 million a year. Mr Osborne stated that
"What it is about is better and more effective government. The problem is that the cultural change has not taken place in government. There isn't a level playing field for open source software. As it stands, too many companies are frozen out of government IT contracts, stifling competition and driving up costs."
"All too often, a government IT system is incompatible with other types of software, which stifles competition and hampers innovation. Looking at the litany of IT projects that have collapsed or spiralled over budget, it's clear too that this has meant billions of pounds wasted and public service reform being hampered
Mr Osborne reckoned that opening up the market in software would enable the Government to slash 5 per cent off Whitehall's annual IT bill, because open software allows users to read, change and improve its code, in contrast to proprietary software where a company controls the source code.
The motion makes adoption of Open Document Format (ODF) standard a likelihood for the UK government.
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