I agree :-)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Damian Counsell" <linux(a)counsell.com>
To: "suse-linux-uk-schools" <suse-linux-uk-schools(a)suse.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2001 1:24 PM
Subject: Re: [suse-linux-uk-schools] UK govt seeks to embrace open source
Bruce Miller wrote:
The interesting part of this story about the government "embracing*"
open source is that, once again, the beancounters have provided the
motivation for any hint of change in a typically prehistoric British
organization. (Never mind that open source fits perfectly with New
Labour's professed "communitarian values"---sometimes they can't even
"Yes, the "UK Government will seek to avoid lock-in to proprietary
IT products and services", but the bottom line here is... well...
the bottom line. The increased used of open source solutions will
come about because they're cheaper than closed source software."
I predict the following. First the cave-dwellers of Whitehall will use
open source as a big stick with which to beat the 800lb gorilla (M$) in
order to get a cheaper corporate desktop. Then they will pause between
bouts of licence-wrangling to examine the stick more closely and realise
they could actually make quite a nice desktop of their own with the same
piece of wood.
Now you guys can call the metaphor police.
*Hey, "embracing"---is H.M. Govt. licensing even its vocabulary from M$
Damian COUNSELL http://www.counsell.com/
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