British government IT procurement to be discrimination-free

By Derek Sooman on August 18, 2005, 8:08 PM
In the UK, the government there has updated its IT procurement procedures to bring them into line with European directives. These directives demand that technology projects must not specify specific brands of microprocessor. This directive originally came about because it was revealed that a number of EU member states were mandating the use of Intel processors in IT projects. Complaints from AMD prompted a probe. Originally the UK was not under investigation, but the Office of Government Commerce has issued its version of the non-discriminatory technical specification guidelines set down in the Europe-wide regulations. The new rules require that contracting authorities must specify requirements in generic technical or performance terms, and that hardware specifications should exclude any reference to minimum processor clock speeds.




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asphix said:
this is rediculous. Next thing you know they're going to be telling the consumers what they can and cant buy. Utterly rediculous and makes no sense. It would be different if it was an OEM provider who refused to offer various models based on different chips.. but this is aimed at corporate level consumers basically... they have a right to choose and implement what they want to regardless of reason.or maybe the basic rights and freedoms are that differnet between the US and UK? I never figured they'd be that different.
spike said:
[b]Originally posted by asphix:[/b][quote]they have a right to choose and implement what they want to regardless of reason.[/quote]As far as I can tell, that's what the ruling is all about.
justmeAGAIN said:
Try reading the item1. its about GOVERNMENT purchases2. as the previous post states it's about choice
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