Councils stage open source revival

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Local councils behind an ambitious public open source software scheme that flourished briefly with boom-time investment under the last government are attempting to revive it under the cost-cutting coalition's digital strategy.

But their old rival Microsoft is making its local government come-back too, after a 10-year gestation with the London Borough of Newham under a deal that became the focus of bitter opposition between the proprietary and open source software camps.

Last time, with central government funding but only lacklustre policy support, Bristol City and Camden London Borough built an open source content management system that was propagated as far afield as India and Bremen.

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