Round-up: UK is open for open source

End users of open source from the private and public sectors debated last week at a Westminster eForum on the viability and economic impact of open source software.

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End users of open source from the private and public sectors debated last week at a Westminster eForum on the viability and economic impact of open source software.

Views presented came from all sides of the IT community, with leading Linux developers putting the case for open source alongside representatives from organisations like Microsoft, which was given a platform to stress the advantages of proprietary software in the public sector.

Computerworld UK's coverage of the event focused on the end-user experience, with three fascinating end-user accounts of engaging with open source:

Birmingham council cautious after open source pilot

Council may not opt for open source software in its planned refresh of 20,000 desktop PCs, despite running a high profile Linux pilot

Mixed IT proves its worth on commercial courts project

A combination of “the best of open source and closed source” software has helped the Ministry of Justice complete an IT project on time and to budget

Specsavers: open source switch is enabling growth

A switch to open source software has enabled a huge expansion of the Specsavers optician chain, the company’s CIO has said

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