UK culture holding back open source

Industry experts have identified cultural, as well as technical, factors affecting the take up of open source software in the UK.

Many countries in the European Union are showing enthusiastic support for open source, while support in the US is less strong.

Britain is one of the least open source friendly nations, however, bucking the trend in other EU states.

"Governments in continental Europe see open source as a way to change the playing field with the US," said John Powell, president of open source company Alfresco.