Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Caution on that "Call for Caution on Open Source"

Filed under
OSS

The Guardian has published a very curious piece today, entitled: “A Call for Caution on Open Source”. It concludes:

The UK coalition government should take considered note that the procurement of open source software buys neither governments nor taxpayers a cost- and indigestion-free lunch.

Leaving aside the fairly obvious fact that nobody had claimed anything of the sort, it's worth exploring some of the thinking behind this post.

The very first paragraph says:

In a recent Guardian Professional article, Government Takes Action on Open Technology, OpenForumEurope (OFE) president Graham Taylor revelled in the UK government's issuance of a January 2011 Procurement Policy Action Note that effectively reinstated, at least for the UK, the initial version of the European Interoperability Framework (EIFv1.0). This was despite its having been rejected by the European Commission and Council of the European Union in December 2010 in favour of technology and business model neutrality.

The reason it was rejected was because of massive lobbying by traditional software companies afraid of real competition from free software.

rest here




More in Tux Machines

Xfce Resurgence

  • Releases, releases, releases!
    So it’s not that I’ve been quiet and lazy – I was actually busy preparing some releases and hacking on stuff. So here’s an update on what’s been going on and what’s to come.
  • Alternative Global Menu For MATE And Xfce: Vala Panel AppMenu [PPA]
    A while back I wrote about TopMenu, a panel plugin that provides global menu (AppMenu) support for MATE, then also included support for Xfce and LXDE. The problem with TopMenu is that it only partially supports GTK3, it doesn't support LibreOffice, and with Ubuntu 16.04, it doesn't support Qt (4 or 5) applications. Here's where Vala Panel AppMenu comes in.
  • Parole Media Player 0.9.0 Released
    Development for the Xfce media player is back on! Well over a year since the last release, Parole 0.9.0 brings a fresh set of features and fixes.

Reviews: OpenELEC and Clear Linux

I next turned my attention to a distribution which has only recently been added to the DistroWatch database: Clear Linux. The Clear Linux distribution is unusual in a few ways. For one, the project is not designed to be a full featured or general purpose operating system; Clear Linux focuses on performance more than features. The distribution is fairly minimal and is designed with cloud computing in mind, though it may also be used in other areas, particularly on servers. Read more

Slackware News