David Cameron, the UK Conservative party leader, has stepped in to champion Open Source Software.
As an active member of Manchester Free Software Group I would prefer he used the term Free Software instead of Open Source, however it is extremely interesting he has taken this issue to heart.
With Labour having only made a few half hearted attempts to look at Free Software and open Source Software and being famed for their multimillion pound bespoke failed ICT systems running propriety software, which should really have been Free Software.
In a web log entry, Cameron apparently regularly writes to, he talked about an event he recently went to at NESTA.
“We’ll champion open source software, not big clunking mainframe solutions. No more NHS computers, much more open platform projects that can be broken down into their component parts.”
For Free Software in the UK, this is a historic step forward as a major political party takes a firm stance to encourage more true innovation in the UK, and help the Open Source and Free Software communities.
The next questions:
Does David Cameron support Open Source in Education and Government systems?
How will this announcement impact the Free Software community?
If you have an opinion on this news from the Conservative Party, please comment.
Disclaimer: Generally, I don’t hold political allegiances, I look at certain policies and make my judgements on them. For better or for worse, these policies are tech related issues which I feel strongly about. I feel that the British Government should be using much more Free Software in public services and education.