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Government open source must have an open standards plan

TechEYE -  More pressure mounted on the government to use open source software, with calls from MP Tom Watson and the open source community to increase its presence.

Following a number of freedom of information requests, it was recently revealed that government departments were ignoring open source in the face of proprietary software, despite promises by Cabinet Officer Francis Maude.

Maude had declared there would be a “level playing field” for open source as a way to slash public spending.  Yet it is evident that significant sums are still finding their way into the pockets of big firms.