Re: Good luck.
The main thing is start and get on with it, and why not rather pay Brits than Microsoft. Kudos to Ubuntu for getting involved. In the long run they will both win on such a project.
When I studied Computer Science in England people from vendors and companies came to tell us about their stuff. A guy from NHS came to tell us about their big project to have the whole population on a computer system with all data linked so that eventually the doctors could have a picture from grandfather to grand kids and so forth. All common sense in my opinion. The year was 1968. I almost assume it's not quite there yet and has any country managed it yet,