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  NHS Awards Microsoft 500m Contract Despite OSS
International/Europe Posted by I. Valdes on Thursday November 04, 2004 @ 06:11 AM
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ZDnet is reporting that the UK's National Health Service has awarded Microsoft a 500m contract: 'The nine-year contract, which includes breakpoints at three-year intervals, does not preclude the future use of open-source software, according to the DoH. "The option to use open-source software in the future remains and continues to be evaluated," stated the DoH...The contract flies in the face of the report released last week by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), the government's procurement watchdog, which described Linux as a viable desktop alternative for the majority of government users. A spokesman from the OGC was unable to comment in time for this article...

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