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Whitehall Investigates Open Source

9 October 2003

The Government is launching a new series of trials to investigate the wider use of 'open source' IT systems across the public sector.

Nine 'proof of concept' trials are to undertaken by IBM to assess the effectiveness and cost-benefits of IT based on open source alternatives to proprietary software. The project will be co-ordinated by the Office of Government Commerce and the Office of the e-Envoy.

OGC Chief Executive, Peter Gershon, commented that the initiative built upon a government commitment to create a "level playing field" in Government procurement. He said: "The trials will operate in a controlled environment and will enable us to identify when and how-best to use the technology to the benefit of departments and the taxpayer alike."

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