Council's "commitment" to open source

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Dear Bristol City Council,

This is a request for information made under the Freedom of Information Act.

Last weekend I was in correspondence with council leader Cllr Barbara Janke about the use of open source software by Bristol City Council.

In her reply to me she stated: "In the current cabinet I have responsibility for ICT in the current cabinet [sic]. The commitment to open source remains the same."

I would like to explore the extent of this commitment and would be grateful if you could tell me the following:

1. What is the current written council policy on the use of open source software?

2. What open source software packages are currently being used by Bristol City Council?

3. What are the council's future plans for increasing the deployment and use of open source software?

Yours faithfully,

Steve Woods

Freedom of Information, Bristol City Council

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Dear Freedom of Information,

I'd like to draw your attention to the fact that a response to my FoI request on the Council's commitment to open source is now overdue.

I would be grateful if you could inform me when you are planning to reply.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Woods

Freedom of Information, Bristol City Council

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Dear Mr Woods, [1][FOI #77557 email]

Thank you for your request for information, a copy of which is enclosed
below.

Please find attached a copy of the Council's Open Source and Open
Standards Policy document.

Open Source Software "packages" in use by Bristol City Council include:

Red Hat Linux

CentOS Linux

Apache web server

Squid proxy

MySQL

PostgreSQL

APLAWS WCM (being replaced by Drupal WCM)

NetBeans IDE (likely to be replaced by Eclipse IDE)

Nagios

Firefox

Chrome

OSS experts will understand that many of these products/distributions
contain a very large number of "packages", as OSS products are usually
built from many other OSS elements.

Our future plans are to implement the OSS procurement policy in all
evaluation and selection processes. In concrete terms this includes:

a) EDRM & Team Collaboration - we are actively considering products from
Alfresco and Nuxeo

b) Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse - we will consider products
from Pentaho, Jaspersoft, and Talend

c) Identity & Access Management - we will consider options including
OpenAM, OpenIDM and OpenDJ

d) Online services - we will consider Liferay portal in conjunction with
Drupal

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Dear Bristol City Council,

This is a request for information made under the Freedom of

Information Act.

Last weekend I was in correspondence with council leader Cllr

Barbara Janke about the use of open source software by Bristol City

Council.

In her reply to me she stated: "In the current cabinet I have

responsibility for ICT in the current cabinet [sic]. The commitment

to open source remains the same."

I would like to explore the extent of this commitment and would be

grateful if you could tell me the following:

1. What is the current written council policy on the use of open

source software?

2. What open source software packages are currently being used by

Bristol City Council?

3. What are the council's future plans for increasing the

deployment and use of open source software?

Yours faithfully,

Steve Woods

>>> Steve Woods <[FOI #77557 email]> 25/06/11 08:42
>>>
Dear Bristol City Council,

This is a request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act.

Last weekend I was in correspondence with council leader Cllr
Barbara Janke about the use of open source software by Bristol City
Council.

In her reply to me she stated: "In the current cabinet I have
responsibility for ICT in the current cabinet [sic]. The commitment
to open source remains the same."

I would like to explore the extent of this commitment and would be
grateful if you could tell me the following:

1. What is the current written council policy on the use of open
source software?

2. What open source software packages are currently being used by
Bristol City Council?

3. What are the council's future plans for increasing the
deployment and use of open source software?

Yours faithfully,

Steve Woods

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