Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 19:43 UTC
Microsoft U.K. government staff suggested replacing Microsoft Corp. operating systems on computers with free alternatives in response to a call for ideas for Prime Minister David Cameron's cost-cutting drive.
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by reflect on Mon 12th Jul 2010 12:56 UTC
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Someone earlier said vendor lockin, but what about format lockin? Like using closed databases with little to no information about how they work. What's the cost of migrating that to something newer? I sure as hell wouldn't want my government to use such things, I want the data to be retrievable no matter what.

Someone else mentioned that linux applications play catch-up. This may be true, but certainly not for all areas. More hardware works out of the box with linux, and you have access to very large repositories of good tools. For some areas, the proprietary (and also free) programs come mostly or only for linux (research and most things doing heavy calculations like cluster applications are a few I know off-hand, I'm sure there are many more).

In the long run, especially for such meager things government officials do, opensource is beneficial. It ought to be mandatory to at least only use open formats when storing data of any kind.

Edited 2010-07-12 12:57 UTC

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