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The Age: A Greens and Linux Ticket

May 25, 2004, 21:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Cochrane)

[ Thanks to Matthew Wright for this link. ]

"It is perhaps symmetry that attracts Australia's second minor party, the Greens, to the open source operating system, Linux. Or it could be the $18,000 the party saves on commercial purchases that can be spent on other areas of its campaign. And with an election outcome that hinges on support for the minor parties, even a slight electoral edge is crucial.

"Beyond the notions that Greens candidates and open source evangelists are viewed to be on the economic 'left,' or seeking a more just and sustainable environment--depending on your point of view--the party has stopped using commercial software as much for pragmatic reasons. It wants to win more seats at the impending federal election, and Linux will help it do that, the Greens believe..."

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