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Governments around the World are adopting Open Source at a staggering rate.
Why? Because it's a natural fit...
Open Source, along with Open Standards and Open Data form the very bedrock of the move towards Open Government across the Globe. Yes it is an enabler of transparent, effective and accountable Government, but you don't need to be an idealist to see the simple reality of massive cost reduction is also a powerful incentive in an age where Government everywhere is seeking to shrink the size of the state, pay down public borrowing and do more with less.
"Where appropriate, government will procure Open Source solutions. When used in conjunction with compulsory Open Standards, Open Source presents significant opportunities for the design and delivery of interoperable solutions".
In addition the Cabinet Office commits in the strategy document to create a level playing field for Open Source software, and has made an Open Source Procurement Toolkit available for Public Sector buyers.
Cabinet Office practises what it preaches and the Government Digital Service (GDS), the unit established to consolidate existing and ultimately put all Government services online, is built entirely from Open Source software.
In terms of Government ICT Open Source is very much the way of the future...
Sirius continues to play a central role in the adoption of Open Source by the UK Government:
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