Many of us have tried and swear by some of the open source packages that are available. I for one wouldn’t dream of using any browser at home other than Firefox and when it came to selecting a VLE to use at my school, my vote went to Moodle. I’m even dabbling with Linux and Open Office on some of our departmental laptops.
Why then, if there is so much high quality open source software available and money in the public arena is so restricted, have the government insisted until now, that we use commercial software? I was really pleased to see the news report this week which states that the UK government will start to ‘accelerate the use of open source software in public services.’
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