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OPEN SOURCE IN GOVERNMENT USE
Labour: wants to publish general-purpose software as open-source "where appropriate"; points to the existing use of open-source software throughout the NHS and departmental websites.
Conservatives: are keen on open standards as the basis for more modular government IT projects, saying this would create a "level playing-field for open-source IT".
Liberal Democrats: think government should consider open-source software in all IT procurement, as it can be cheaper than proprietary or bespoke software.
Green Party: wants free and open-source software used whenever it can be "procured without significant extra costs or other detriments".
Pirate Party UK: thinks open-source software can play a role, but only where it is the "best tool for the job"; would implement current government's Open Source Action Plan, which it says is being ignored.
UKIP: would welcome a shift away from "more costly and inflexible" proprietary contracts to open-source software.
BNP: wants software to be chosen primarily on basis of security; otherwise, supports open source when cost-effective and beneficial for education.
SNP: opposes a preference for either open-source or proprietary software, arguing instead for the best-value package to be chosen at the time; notes cost of supporting open-source software; also notes unreliability of proprietary software in many large organisations.
Plaid Cymru: did not answer this question.
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