Briefing notes on the benefits of Free Software?
mjr at phonecoop.coop
Tue Dec 8 13:45:21 UTC 2009
Peter Lewis asked: [...]
> As a result, I've been asked to send them some information on Free /
> Open Source Software which will help to inform them in making
> decisions about their new strategy and procurement. So, can anyone
> recommend a good briefing note or two which would be suitable?
> Ideally it would be aimed at voluntary / public sector organisations
> in the UK and accessible by general management (not IT specialists),
> though other good materials would also be useful.
Great! My fellow cooperators at Bristol Wireless co-ran a Social
Source conference a while ago which might have some useful info
but I can't find any of the materials online. I've just asked and
will feed back any reply. Paul Webster has offered me his slides on
"implementation in the VCS" - can I forward them off-list if needed?
IMO, the big problem with promoting FOSS to the third sector is that
lots of UK government funding is wasted propping up a few hostile
organisations that claim to be agnostic and independent but have
entrenched legacy publishers as much as they can and excluded new
entrants from forums. I lamented about that sort of thing at
back in April. So well done for getting a vol org interested!
Most of the relevant funded FOSS-related publications like FOSS.CIAC
and FOSSVCS seem to have gone out-of-date and then offline, as is
usual for funded work which gets released various Non-Commercial and
No Derivative licences which make them hazardous or unusable to IT
http://www.iosn.net/publications/foss-primers seem OK for the public
sector, but maybe not great for the third sector.
If there's nothing out there and anyone has a bushel of funding,
I'm sure software.coop, BristolWireless, FossBox, maybe M6-IT (not
sure of its state) could start something sustainable.
Hope that helps,
MJ Ray (slef) Webmaster and LMS developer at | software
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