Enterprise OS: How hard can it be?

  • The government gets really serious about open source

    Monday 21st February 2011 saw the first 'Open Source System Integrators Forum' held by the Cabinet Office and I'd like to share a few modest bits of news with you all... Firstly, the occurrence of the event itself is news. The Cabinet Office...

  • Open for business - SMEs take place at public sector table

    I attended Francis Maude's SME strategic supplier summit last week. If even half of the promised reforms materialise it will transform the Public Sector landscape, clearing the way for young and dynamic businesses to bring innovative solutions...

  • Microsoft proposes government licencing of internet access

    The recent proposal by Microsoft's Vice President of Trustworthy Computing to introduce Government licencing of Internet access is both hiliarious and terrifying1. Aside from the obvious Orwellian overtones of this sort of control and the...

  • IT cuts, Open Sauce and harsh reality

    Responses to the cold, hard light of reality shining through the windows of UK Local Authorities in this newly dawned era of fiscal austerity have been varied.I expect ICT news like the latest from Essex County Council to be become commonplace,...

  • Open Source: It's not just cheap...

    I suppose it's inevitable that when you talk about Open Source software to people for the first time the thing they focus on is that it is generally given away for free. "How do you make money if you don't sell your software?" Is the usual...

  • Public sector ICT cuts - they do not have to hurt

    This week's Economist notes that in the current climate of public sector austerity in the UK, there are two strategies under way by the various interest groups.The first is to assess rationally and realistically how to comply with the need to cut...

  • Time for school IT to teach Open Source

    The Royal Society has just warned that Information technology lessons in UK schools are so dull they are putting pupils off the subject, and of course the idea of a career in IT.So no surprises there then. I take no satisfaction in the fact that...

  • Proprietary software vs security

    It's been a long time since I've had to install a piece of proprietary software because generally my needs are met entirely by Debian's packages or at very least by tools distributed as source. Recently though I needed to temporarily...

  • TransferSummit: Where invention meets innovation

    A recent report shows that UK universities deliver £2.97bn in services to business and industry. That's a big number but many of us will not have been involved with those engagements. Why not? The full answer may be found in the halls...

  • Open Source: The capitalists' choice

    I often hear people referring to Open Source and Free Software advocates jokingly, or not so jokingly, as "communists" or "hippies". After all, giving away your "intellectual property" for the greater good may be a nice theory in some...

  • Cuts, government IT and putting lipstick on a pig

    Britain faces an unprecedented age of financial restraint - and with that come huge demands on Government to reduce costs and deliver services for much less. Debate is already turning to not just the level of cuts, but which services...

  • Government IT: Open Data, Open Standards and Open Source

    As the UK's new Government settles into power the direction in which it is taking ICT policy is becoming clear, the only question is how the admittedly great ideas will be implemented in practice. Much informed analysis has indentified...

  • Open Source v Sharepoint: The trouble with bundles

    "So if I can summarise this, would I be right in saying that Sharepoint does an awful lot of things adequately whereas your Open Source offerings do fewer things really well?" Thus spake a delegate at a recent 'Sharepoint' conference at...

  • Becta's Home Access Scheme...not really a scam

    I was asked by a colleague in Holland to explain Becta's Home Access scheme and give an update on how it was going. He was concerned that 'it had all gone a bit quiet' and he could not find out much about it. As an (sorry, the...

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