The Home Office saves £10m by running Open Source software

It’s good to see the Government is starting to do their bit and find ways to save the tax payer’s money. The Home Office has saved £10m by running a key messaging infrastructure on open source software. The system, which is related to international border control, previously cost £12m over five years, a figure that reduced to £2m over the same period. Open source is widely used in the private sector and by governments such as Sweden, Germany and France. Maybe they should adopt an amended advertising slogan: ‘the future’s cheaper, the future’s open’.

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