Written Answers. - Computerisation Programme.

Tuesday, 21 October 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 572 No. 6

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  403.  Mr. Eamon Ryan  Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan   asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   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): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on 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.

The total amount spent on the products in question during 2002 was approximately €400,000. My Department and some of its agencies use Linux and other open-source software.

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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