The Queen of Great Britain’s local council has decided that it can save up to a third of its IT bill if it dumps software made by Sir William Gates III and goes for something more Open Saucy.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is hitting a snag in that a tight fisted former schoolboy from the area, David “one is an ordinary bloke” Cameron is clamping down on computer projects.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has been trying to move away from Microsoft software options in favour of moving towards more cost effective open source software.
It has worked out that it could save up to one third of the council’s IT costs.
But Liam Maxwell, the councillor responsible for IT, said that central government needs to adopt open source software in order for this to work.
He said that while his council has been using some open source software, there have been a few problems caused by the fact that the government refuses to adopt the free Open Document Format (ODF).
Maxwell added that the council was not trying to “stiff” Microsoft, but that it was just trying to save money. But it seems Redmond has a few friends in high places.
Cameron, who went to Eton, and should be interested in trying to help his Alma Mater get lower council tax bills, has frozen IT development. This forces government departments and local councils to spend a fortune buying licence fees from Redmond. It looks like you have to spend a bob to save a bob.
No wonder the Queen has been asking for a bit more cash in the Royal List – most of her cash is paying for her council tax bill and she is a pensioner.