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LinuxWorld: Why Austin TX is considering a Microsoft Enterprise license

Aug 21, 2001, 10:49 (64 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)
"...Recently I watched the classic film "Life With Father," so strange notions about spending or saving money shouldn't have been difficult for me to grok. But a government employee passing up an opportunity to take credit for saving the city $200,000? It didn't make sense.

Digging further, I encountered a source who said off-the-record that Microsoft was auditing the city, and it faced $15 million in fines and license fees. A rumored solution to the city's lack of vigilance with licenses was to negotiate a long-term contract with Microsoft.

I contacted the mayor's office, the city manager's office, and members of the city council and asked each to go on the record and confirm or deny what were, essentially, rumors. I heard silence -- no responses. I filed a Freedom of Information request with Austin, asking the following:"

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