British Government mandates 'preference' for open source

Posted by Fettoosh on Mar 16, 2013 11:09 PM EDT
ComputerWeekly; By Bryan Glick
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The government has, for the first time, mandated a preference for using open source software for future developments.

The new Government Service Design Manual, released as a beta version on 14 March and effective from April, lays out the standards that must be used for all new digital public services developed across Whitehall.

In a section titled “When to use open source”, the manual says: “Use open source software in preference to proprietary or closed source alternatives, in particular for operating systems, networking software, web servers, databases and programming languages.”

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