twofish writes: "The user of open source software in European government got another boost recently when shadow Chancellor George Osborne told the Royal Society of Arts he wanted to create a level playing field for open source software in the UK. He has estimated that the British government could save more than £600 million a year if it used more open source software, according to this short article on the BBC website."
aileanmacraith writes: "According to an article on the BBC, the Tories want to switch the UK Government to open-source software. They claim that it will save 5% of the IT expenditure and open up competition. From the article:
'[Shadow Chancellor George] Osborne said that despite a government report in 2004 saying there would be "significant savings" in hardware and software if open source software was used, many government departments had not implemented it. "The problem is that the cultural change has not taken place in government,"'.