In a move to promote the open source KDE desktop productivity platform in the enterprise, Sirius Corporation has become a corporate sponsor of the KDE community project.
Sirius and KDE are joint participants in SQO-OSS, an EU-funded project that assesses the quality of open source code.
Mark Taylor, CEO of Sirius, said, “KDE is a high-quality desktop that has always had a strong following in the open source community. By becoming a sponsor of the project, we now want to raise its profile in the enterprise.”
School computers are overpowered for the applications for which they are used and as a result have a massive environmental impact, new research has claimed.
A report from Open Source consultancy Sirius Corporation revealed that school computers in the UK generate a staggering one million tones of carbon dioxide and cost over £100 million a year in electricity to run.
Large companies and analysts that work with open source are fond of talking about vendor "sensitivity" when they are explaining why some customers are reluctant to go public about migrations away from proprietary software.
Speaking at an OASIS conference in London, Erwin Tenhumberg, a product marketing manager at Sun's Client Systems Group said that organisations are reluctant to talk about migrations to open source because they "do not want to jeopardise their relationship with larger vendors."
The British government plans to continue to work on the equality of free software within public procurement. All authorities will be migrated to the open platform gov.uk and will perform all government transactions digitally. The open source portal of the European Commission reported that the British coalition government announced in its mid-term report that it will continue to heavily rely on free software.
Much of the debate about open source has been in technical terms, or increasingly in political terms. I'm not criticising either approach, but I suspect many potential open source converts are left cold by discussions that border on the religious in their fervour. What many companies really need is a direct and clear discussion about the tangible benefits of open source, without the political baggage.