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Cabinet Office publishes open source procurement toolkit

The Guardian - Department hopes to dispel myths around open source with new online toolkit.

The Cabinet Office has published an open source procurement toolkit for the public sector on its website.

It said the purpose is to ensure that there is a level playing field for open source and proprietary software and that some of the myths associated with open source are dispelled.

The toolkit includes six documents: All About Open Source – including FAQs; ICT Advice Note - Procurement of Open Source; Procurement Policy Note on Open Source; OSS Options; CESG Guidance on Open Source (this site will only open for users who have previously registered with a email address); and Total Cost of Ownership.

The options document contains details of different IT functions such as servers, databases, application development, networks and business applications.