Idea of her Majesty’s Treasury: Switch to Free Software

Matthias Kirschner mk at
Mon Jul 12 14:36:19 UTC 2010

Hi there,

have you seen the ideas from her Majesty’s Treasury

  8. In terms of spending less - what about migrating the whole of
  government (the NHS, Education etc) from Microsoft products to Linux
  and open source software like Openoffice.


  28. Annul the government’s agreement with Microsoft to provide
  software and operating systems (OS) to government departments and
  switch to open source software and Linux based operating systems. This
  would reduce costs by: Reducing the need to update hardware in line
  with new Microsoft OS releases. Linux OS and open source software has
  a lower whole life cost and is less susceptible to viruses. Support a
  more diverse spectrum of the IT industry, instead of one corporation;
  generating additional UK tax revenue.

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