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internetnews.com: OpenOffice Finds Sweet Spot with Governments

Jan 05, 2004, 18:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"Governments around the world appear to be taking an interest in Openoffice.org and open source software in general. The city of Austin, Texas recently adopted openoffice.org software and governments in Germany, France, Brazil and China to name of few have stated interest in going the open source route as well. In the U.K Scottish Public Libraries have made Openoffice.org software available for lending to the public.

"'We have been working towards having as many governments both regional and federal adopt open source and open office in particular because we are the flagship of any desktop open source system,' Suarez-Potts said. 'We're now in some ways the most definite obvious example that a person is going to encounter of open source software.

"The trend is even extending into more U.S. agencies, which have been some of Microsoft's best customers...'"

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