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The Age: Critics Draw Linux in the Sand over Microsoft

Nov 19, 2002, 20:30 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Turner)

"Australia's federal and state governments are under fire for taking a blinkered approach to information technology spending--ignoring local companies and alternatives to Microsoft.

"Microsoft's grip on government IT spending has strengthened after it struck multi-million-dollar long-term deals with Canberra, the governments of Victoria, Queensland and South Australia and various government departments...

"According to the federal 'e-government' strategy, Better Services, Better Government, announced last week, Canberra will encourage trials of open-source software within the framework of fit-for-purpose and value-for-money..."

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