It gives me great pleasure seeing the UK goverment putting together some serious and thought-out plans for Open Source and Open Standards.

Directly from the Chief Information Officer Council website:

"Open Source has been one of the most significant cultural developments in IT and beyond over the last two decades [...]" "[...] it has shown how giant corporations themselves, and Governments, can become more innovative, more agile and more cost-effective by building on the fruits of community work [...]" "[...] Over the past five years many government departments have shown that Open Source can be best for the taxpayer – in our web services, in the NHS and in other vital public services. But we need to increase the pace: [...]"

Check out also the action plan and this cool public page set up by the cabinet office to track blog posts, news and tweets about Open Source!

Update: some data taken from here:

"50 per cent of main departmental websites use Apache as their core web server; the NHS spine use an open-sourced operating system; 35 per cent of NHS organisations covering almost 300,000 users, will soon be supported on Linux infrastructure; open source components are used in major systems such as Directgov and electronic vehicle licensing."

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