Government backtracks on its preference for open source

Last updated on September 8th, 2018

The government has quietly backtracked from its publicly declared preference for using open source over proprietary software.  The Government Digital Service (GDS) published its Service Design Manual in March, laying down mandatory standards for developing all new digital public services. The document stated: “Use open source software in preference to proprietary or closed source alternatives, in particular for operating systems, networking software, web servers, databases and programming languages.”
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