The Open Source Consortium, (OSC) the independent voice of the Open Source community in Europe, has announced a free guidance service to help companies considering open source technology for the first time.
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The service will be piloted in the UK and is intended to provide first line information on where to look for a suitable product and where to source independent expert advice on areas such as legal issues, insurance, support and training.
It is planned that the service will be extended to France and Germany towards the end of the year if the UK model proves successful.
Commenting on the launch of the new service, Mark Taylor, executive director of the OSC said, “The new service is aimed at supporting those who are interested in learning more about open source technology but unsure of [whom] to approach in the first instance.
"People searching open source on the web are typically faced with high level debates on issues such as European patents or promotional sites for commercial enterprises.
"However, much of the initial interest is for relatively straightforward and independent guidance and in this respect the new service fills a vital gap in the market.”
For more information go to www.opensourceconsortium.org/guidance
A telephone help line is planned to start from the end of March.