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UK government culture holding back open source adoption

Computing - There has been a lot of talk about the use of open source in government over the past few years. Francis Maude, and the Cabinet Office, have been pushing for widespread implementation for quite some time but many central government IT decision makers still seem to be hesitant about adopting new software solutions. Since the publication in March of the Government Digital Service's (GDS) Service Design Manual, it's become clear that government is starting to see open source as an option, rather than mandatory.

Despite such positive talk in the favour of this technology and its many benefits, not least of which is breaking vendor lock-in, this begs the question of what exactly is holding back Open Source adoption in government?

There are many reasons, first and foremost the perceived risk around change. Others question the reliability, saying open source is not tried and tested. Both of these points are intrinsically flawed. When done correctly, implementing open source alternatives can more often than not be very cost effective, at the very least more so than switching to another proprietary system. There are numerous examples of open source solutions being successfully and cost effectively implemented in the private sector to back this up.