“Whitehall bean counters have ordered government departments to find fresh ways to end their reliance on Oracle.
The trigger for the anti-Oracle edict was the end of extended support for Microsoftâ€™s Windows XP back in 2014. The Cabinet Office negotiated a government-wide custom support agreement with Microsoft to continue building security fixes for government users.No. 10 haggled Microsoft down to a price of Â£5.584m for tens of thousands of PCs. Microsoftâ€™s official price was $200 per desktop for the first year, $400 for the second and $800 for year three.”
See UK.gov issues internal ‘ditch Oracle NOW’ edict to end pricey addiction Finally, bean-counters in the government of the UK have seen the light. Spending by governments on non-Free software licences is obscene, particularly in comparison to the availability of good Free Software like GNU/Linux and Postgresql. It’s not the job of government to route taxpayers’ money towards monopolies. That’s stupid, unwise, wasteful and harmful to the economy.
Millions of users and thousands of organizations happily use FLOSS. Why not the government of the UK? Why not your government? The money saved, an infinite sum going forward, could erase the national debt, fight disease, defend against terrorism, etc.