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Australian IT: Two on Open Source in Australian Government

Feb 23, 2004, 19:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Riley, Simon Hayes)

Tax to Open Up Software Policy

"The Australian Tax Office will adopt an open-source software policy for the first time, opening its Microsoft-dominated standard operating environment (SOE) to products such as Linux.

"ATO second commissioner Greg Farr said an internal review of open-source software--done in conjunction with the Gartner Group--concluded that the agency should evaluate and use open-source software where appropriate..."

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Penguin Politics

"THE ACT's parliamentarians were working late one night in December when they passed a Bill that has shaken the world's biggest software vendor and fundamentally changed the way governments around the country buy technology.

"The decision by the territory's tiny parliament--sometimes unkindly compared with a local council--to pass Democrats MLA Roslyn Dundas's Government Procurement (Principles) Guideline Amendment Bill took proprietary software vendors by surprise, despite executives knowing the party had been courting the open-source community for several months.

"The Democrats--famously open in the way they develop policy and operate their party--had fallen in a big way for the open-source software philosophy and its promise of community co-operation in software development..."

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