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Birmingham Council looks to open source in £330m cost-cutting drive

Computer Weekly - Birmingham City Council has begun assessing open source software as part of a £330m cost-cutting programme. As Europe's largest city authority, Birmingham stood out with Bristol City Council for their trials of open source software in 2005. But its flirtation was cut short by a multimillion-pound deal with Capita.

Gerry McMullan, business policy manager at Birmingham City Council, said the authority had a "tangled history with open source software", and its experiments with open systems had delivered "mixed" results. But the time had come for a reassessment, he added.