UK Still Lags At Open Source
The UK is still a laggard at open source, even though the recession has increased pressure for its adoption, according to speakers at a London conference.
"I could go to Mali, and Mali would probably have a better adoption of open source than the UK," said Matt Asay, marketing vice president at Alfresco and open source blogger at CNet. "The UK tends to be a laggard compared to just about every other country on the planet."
The UK government's decision to promote open source in public sector IT won kudos, but was behind countries like the Netherlands, which has had a strong public sector IT policy for two years now, according to Jan Wildeboer, open source evangelist at Red Hat.
The Netherlands has mandated three Os -