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Open Source: Time For Government To Practise What It Preaches [Jan 2,2012]

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Business Computing World

Open source projects have long been at a disadvantage in the public sector in comparison to solutions offered by long-established proprietary software vendors. This issue was underlined in a recent interview1 with Robin Pape, chief information officer for the Home Office, who identified the cultural barriers standing in the way of IT chiefs considering utilising the advantages of open source.

But with budget cuts looming and economic constraints, isn’t it time that the Government looked towards cost effective open source solutions to make those much needed savings?

For dedicated open source developers, there is light at the end of the tunnel. With the launch of the Government’s open source toolkit to enable the assessment of projects, departments are required to ensure that open source options are considered alongside traditional solutions for every IT investment.

Added to this, the well documented catalogue of pricey vendor lock-in stories, costing billions of pounds, are a catalyst to public sector departments looking elsewhere for the best IT deals. In this context, it’s surprising then that the overall UK Government approach to open source solutions has been rather lax, especially in view of the potentially vast cost-savings it can create.

This landmark launch of the open source toolkit firmly cements the developer communities’ reputation as a reliable and – more importantly – cost efficient alternative to proprietary software, yet there are few examples of the toolkit being readily put into action.

Other European countries and the US have already made great strides in engaging with the open source community in delivering innovative new solutions to cuts costs and improve public services online.

The Netherlands and France have successfully embraced open source to deliver greater value through collaboration and efficiency to the taxpayer. Whilst in the US, open source communities, such as Drupal, run a large amount of government sites safely and securely as the approved and standardised platform.

There is evidence that the UK Government also recognises advantages of open source go beyond simple cost-savings. The Cabinet Office has documented the benefits of open source through the commissioning of joint research2 with the London School of Economics into the total cost of ownership of open source software.

A key finding of the two year study, examining members from the community of firms offering support services to public bodies, is that many early adopters of open source applications in the public sector also experience reduced vendor lock-in as a key benefit and argument for open-source adoption.

Interestingly, the report also suggests that the adoption of open source helps foster a culture of innovation and empowerment once local authorities are more accepting of mistakes that can be identified and rectified quickly by hand-on access to code and configurations.

It seems only right that in a time when budgets are being slashed, the Government recognises its own open source guidance. The philosophy of working with a willing community for the greater good underpins the values of the Government’s own Big Society agenda, so it seems about time this is put into firm practise, and the communities are allowed to deliver faster and more efficient solutions for users in a public and collaborative manner.

It Can Be a Multi-billion Dollar Industry: Dries Buytaert on Drupal Businesses, Drupal 8… [Dec 24, 2011]

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LINUX For You

Dries Buytaert, the creator and project lead of Drupal, recently visited India. LINUX For You caught up with him to understand his plans on expanding Drupal’s reach in India, what we can expect from Drupal 8, about Drupal “Shops” and the business model, and obviously Open Source, et al.

Welcome to Drupal! What now?

How do I get the most out of Drupal? How does it all work? What about this community thing I hear about?

We want you to be part of Drupal! Helping users with widely varying experience get the most out of Drupal at Acquia has given us some insights about getting to know Drupal and how it can best work for you.

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Welcome to Drupal! What now?

How do I get the most out of Drupal? How does it all work? What about this community thing I hear about?

We want you to be part of Drupal! Helping users with widely varying experience get the most out of Drupal at Acquia has given us some insights about getting to know Drupal and how it can best work for you.

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"We invested a lot in cleaning up our APIs" [Dec 9, 2011]

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vendredi, le 9 decembre 2011h
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Devworx

Dries Buyteart, creator of Drupal, in an exclusive chat with devworks, on the underlying philosophy, and Drupal 8.

Readdressing the Public Sector’s Sourcing Strategy [Dec 1, 2011]

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SourcingFocus.com

Jim Shaw, General Manager Europe at Acquia, says it's easy to see why IT managers are seeking alternative approaches to traditional procurement programs.

uTest Partners with Acquia to Provide Load Testing Services to Web Developers [Dec 1, 2011]

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TMC Net

uTest, a provider of in-the-wild software testing services, announced that it will provide Web developers with an end-to-end suite of load testing services for building new and improved websites and to enhance the website user experience through its partnership with Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal.

Acquia citée dans le classement Forbes des 100 entreprises les plus prometteuses d'Amérique [30 novembre 2011]

BURLINGTON, MA – November 30, 2011 – Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, announced today that it has been named number 41 in Forbes’ 100 list of America’s most promising companies. Forbes’ list ranks the most promising privately held up-and-comers that have compelling business models, strong management teams, notable customers, strategic partners and precious investment capital.

Where is Drupal Heading? [Nov 30, 2011]

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mercredi, le 30 novembre 2011h
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PC Quest

The famous CMS platform doesn't need an introduction to web administrators, but where is it heading, and how does it compare with other well-known CMS platforms like Joomla! and WordPress? We spoke to the creator of Drupal in person to find out.

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