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Haaretz: Treasury's Linux Threat Seen as Ploy

Dec 26, 2003, 16:05 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Zuri Dar)

"A top treasury official yesterday ruled that new government computers should run on Linux instead of Microsoft Windows, but IDC Israel manager Gideon Lopez dismisses the whole thing as a ploy.

"Computerization czar Yitzhak Cohen also suggests handing out freeware Open Office. 'Don't expect any revolutions,' counsels Lopez. 'It smells more like a ploy in the negotiations Yitzhak Cohen is holding with Microsoft over price.' IDC is a global market intelligence and advisory firm in the information technology and communications fields.

"Cohen, a senior deputy to the treasury's accountant-general, says government computer systems would save money by using Linux open-code freeware rather than costly Windows operating systems...."

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