OpenForum Upset with UK's (Lack of) Open Source Effort

Lora Bentley

OpenForum Europe is not happy with the United Kingdom -- particularly public organizations in the UK, according to ZDNet UK blogger Peter Judge. Leaders in those organizations have made poor business decisions that have led to technology vendor lock-in and prevented them from adopting open source solutions, says OpenForum director Graham Taylor.


He says as many as 90 percent of public organizations have locked themselves into agreements with proprietary vendors such that they are unable even to move their data to other applications. They sign up for open source projects, only to find out after the fact that they can't proceed because of those commitments. Moreover, he says, the government has not developed policies that encourage its citizens to use open source. For example:

...the government initially offered the Government Gateway only to users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer. In this regard, however, the European Parliament may be considered equally at fault; a petition is underway on the Open Parliament site to persuade the European Parliament to open up access to MEPs to users of any browsers.

At the same time, Taylor cites a Standish Group report for the proposition that open source has become the software industry establishment. The UK is lagging behind, he says.

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