Caution on that "Call for Caution on Open Source"
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.