Tuesday, 21 October 2003
Dáil Eireann Debate
403. Mr. Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the amount her Department spent in 2002 on IT software licences; the amount of that budget which was spent on the products of a company (details supplied); if her Department uses Linux or similar open source software; and if it has a policy position with regard to the promotion and use of such open source software, in the interests of cost savings or the development of a more transparent software industry. [24282/03]
Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Mary Coughlan): The amount spent on software licences in 2002 for my Department was approximately €3.76 million. This covered new licences, upgrades and annual maintenance.
Software used in my Department is selected through public procurement, which facilitates open competition, best value for money and best fit to requirements. Selection is normally based on total cost of ownership of which licence costs form a part. If a bid is based on open-source software it is evaluated in line with this approach.
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