• Government Launches open standards principles

    Whitehall has launched its long-awaited response to the open standards consultation, which will force government bodies to comply with its list of "Open Standards Principles" when purchasing technology.

    Departments must use the principles for all software interoperability and data and document formats. If they do not use the principles they will have to apply for an exemption, according to a Cabinet Office statement. As of today the principles will be embedded in the Cabinet Office's spend control process.

  • Education Quango accused of 'cronyism'

    Outraged bidders for the UK’s Schools Open Source Project have claimed that Becta, the government ‘IT in Education’ quango responsible for commissioning the project, is guilty of ‘cronyism’ and political sleaze.

    Becta awarded the contract for overseeing the open source in schools project to The AlphaPlus Consultancy.

  • EU-funded project will test open source viability

    The European Union is funding a consortium that will test the quality of open source software. The money will help organizations determine whether the open-source software that they're using will be suitable for deployment in the enterprise.

  • EU-funded project to measure quality and viability of open source software

    The European Union is funding a consortium that will test the quality of open source software.

    The Software Quality Observatory for Open Source Software (SQO-OSS) has been awarded €1.6 million under the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). The total cost of the project is estimated to be €2.47 million.

    SQO-OSS will be developing a suite of software quality assessment tools to analyse and benchmark the quality of source code and prove its suitability for enterprise deployment.

  • Sirius to sponsor open source project

    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.”