23 September 2011

OSS Please!

It has been a recurrent theme of these pages that the UK government is miles behind other administrations when it comes to adopting open source. Recently, we have had some encouraging words on the subject - but no buttered parsnips as yet.

We need a campaign to get this really moving, but you can't have a campaign without some catchy slogan (or a good #hashtag). I think Mark Taylor, that open source stalwart, has just come up with both as part of a throwaway tweet:

OSS Please!

This sums up brilliant what we want, and does it memorably and politely - a kind of more positive "Atomkraft? Nein Danke", updated for the 21st century. Now all we need is a logo...

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5 comments:

PV said...

Here's the obligatory LOLCAT I made in response to the LOL-tastic slogan: http://cheezburger.com/View/5232748544.
In semi-related news, I met Michael Nielsen! http://dasublogbyprashanth.blogspot.com/2011/09/i-met-michael-nielsen.html
His visit also prompted the creation of this blog, on which I cross-posted a post: http://open.scripts.mit.edu/blog/.
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a Linux Mint user since 2009 May 1

glyn moody said...

@PV: LOLCAT RT'd,,,

Thanks for the kind words...

PV said...

@glyn moody: Thank you for the retweet! And don't thank me, thank Michael Nielsen! :D (I also updated the post to add stuff from lunch with him and other people today.)
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a Linux Mint user since 2009 May 1

Valdis said...

Last winter students from University of Latvia made huge diagram on Daugava's ice
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=lv&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Flinuxcentrs.lv%2Fnode%2F3562

glyn moody said...

@valdis: nice - thanks