UK failing to exploit open source

in ZDNet UK

The UK's failure to make use of open source is a scandal, according to open-source experts speaking at a key Westminster debate.

"There is more open-source work being done in Guatemala," said Linux kernel developer and Red Hat fellow Alan Cox. The public sector is scared of open source, he said, adding that rules that restrict the use of open source in schools are building obsolescence into the UK education system by ensuring children do not become familiar with open-source software.

"There are fundamental problems with the British government itself," said Cox, speaking at the Westminster eForum event on Wednesday. The UK's civil servants are averse to risk, only dealing with large, established companies, he said.

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