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Government spends a fortune on proprietary technology

The Inquirer - THE UK GOVERNMENT spends a fortune on proprietary technology, despite its vow to create a level playing field for open source as part of a drive to cut costs.

This was discovered by the BBC when it filed a Freedom of Information request investigating the government's practices with respect to software procurement.

According to the BBC, cabinet office minister Francis Maude has vowed to change the civil service mindset that has always preferred to spend money with the biggest firms and has been conservative about open source software.

The BBC said, "Now a BBC Freedom of Information (FOI) request has given us a glimpse of how big the challenge will be.