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Open Source Software

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of her Department's computer systems use open source software; what percentage of the systems planned to be installed use such software; and whether she plans to increase the use of open source software in her Department. (111164)

It would not be meaningful to provide an answer in percentage terms as my Department uses open source software mainly on backend systems which in themselves only make up a small percentage of total computer systems but which can be potentially accessed by a high percentage of staff.

Open source software used by my Department includes Linux, MySQL and FireFox. We will continue to use open source software in the future where it makes business and economic sense to do so.