As I begin to catch up with things after having moved (apologies for the lack of posts) the two links at the top of the pile are:
SOCITM, the professional association for IT manager in government, has released a helpful comment to the UK Government's consultation on its Open Source policy (via egovmonitor). In essence the response asks – why not use Open Source more aggressively, it's cheap and it works? The submission reminds the government to focus on total cost of ownership instead of just up-front costs. Also they insist that all publicly funded software should be Open Source, too right!
KableNET reports that the French government wants to dramatically reduce their software licensing costs through the use of Open Source. 900,000 licenses are up for re-negotiation so this is probably more the opening salvo in the bargaining with Microsoft, but who knows?