Excellent move here, although of course the devil is in the details. The big problem with getting open source into government procurement anywhere in the world is that the system by which software is procured is weighted heavily in favour of proprietary software. The changes that are being discussed in the UK are good, but it will take more than this sort of step – easily assimilated by grudging but powerful proprietary vendors and the SIs they own – to make a difference until software freedom becomes the focus.
Simple but good comments about the role of community management.
The account Ted gives in this nicely placed spin omits some of the events that I recall, and unfortunately treats the whole event as a matter of unwarranted competitive assault rather than anything to do with community. There’s some indignant stuff in the comments from multiple sources and at the end of it all I don’t feel anyone comes out looking very good. Ugly and unfortunate.
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