UK culture holding back open source

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| Many countries in the European Union are showing enthusiastic support for
| open source, while support in the US is less strong.
| Britain is one of the least open source friendly nations, however, bucking
| the trend in other EU states.


The trainwreck-waiting-to-happen that is UK government IT spending

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| Think about that. Think about what this means: eight vendors have a
| tremendous amount of leverage over the taxpayers of the United Kingdom.
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| The UK, in other words, is a captive of its IT vendors. That is shockingly
| wrong.

BBC Corrupted

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| Today the BBC made it official -- they have been corrupted by Microsoft. With
| today's launch of the iPlayer, the BBC Trust has failed in its most basic of
| duties and handed over to Microsoft sole control of the on-line distribution
| of BBC programming. From today, you will need to own a Microsoft operating
| system to view BBC programming on the web. This is akin to saying you must
| own a Sony TV set to watch BBC TV. And you must accept the Digital *
| Restrictions Management (DRM) that the iPlayer imposes. You simply cannot be
| allowed to be in control of your computer according to the BBC. * * *

The [UK] politics of open source

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| There's been a suggestion of a shift towards open source in the
| houses of government in the UK recently, with the Conservative
| Party promising to promote open source if elected and the incumbent
| Labour Party releasing the code behind its new carbon footprint
| calculator under the General Public License.