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Still Crippled By "Free"

ComputerWorldUK - Simon Phipps - Open source procurement by the government is still hobbled by a fixation on getting licenses for free instead of recognising the value of protecting procurement liberties.

The recent release of the Open Source Procurement Toolkit by the Cabinet Office has been interesting and encouraging, even if it did stir in me a certain scepticism that things will be different this time round. Under both Labour and Conservative administrations, the Cabinet Office has been tasked with increasing the adoption of open source by government departments, and each time a fine statement has been made that has resulted in very little change.